Stratham NH Feb 11 2020 — A 20-year-old security guard from Berwick, Maine, is accused of murdering a 46-year-old woman who was employed at the Timberland Boots corporate office S. The man was working at the facility as a security employee and did not know the victim, according to court records.
Robert Pavao waived arraignment Monday and plead not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. He is being held without bail at the Rockingham County jail.
Pavao was arrested Sunday after police responded to 200 Domain Drive in Stratham after police received a report of a stabbing, authorities said. The woman’s identity is being withheld pending notification of her family members, according to authorities.
“It is with extreme sadness that we share news of the loss of a beloved member of the Timberland community,” Leslie Grundy, spokeswoman for Timberland, said in a statement released Monday. “The incident took place on Sunday, February 9th at our Stratham, New Hampshire headquarters. Police are actively investigating and have a suspect in custody; we are cooperating fully with authorities. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones as they process this senseless tragedy.”
According to a criminal complaint, the first of two second-degree murder charges states Pavao knowingly caused the death of the woman by assaulting her. The second count states Pavao recklessly caused the death of the woman “under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life by assaulting her.”
Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley said he couldn’t comment on the case as it is an ongoing investigation and interviews were still being conducted. A sealed motion requesting the affidavit in the case be sealed is pending.
According to a court assessment interview report from the Rockingham County Department of Corrections, Pavao was employed full time by Securitas and provided security at Timberland and Lindt, which are located in the same industrial park. It states that he had no relationship to the alleged victim and that he worked there for four months.
The outdoor apparel company said in a statement Monday that the woman who died worked there and was “a beloved member of the Timberland community.”
The company didn’t name her but said it is cooperating with investigators. “We extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones as they process this senseless tragedy,” the Timberland statement concluded.
An autopsy scheduled to be conducted Monday may be delayed until Tuesday, Hinckley said.