Manchester Crime, Court News in Briefs
Man jumps into river to evade police
A man who jumped into the Piscataquog River to elude police who wanted to talk with him about drinking in public was persuaded to head ashore and face the music early Monday morning.
Officer Casey Finn was on patrol near the Econolodge on West Hancock Street when he saw a man drinking from a can of beer and talking with a couple on a parked vehicle, police said.
Cecil Harding, 32, of Manchester was charged with resisting detention.
Finn reported that as he approached Harding, the man took off, crawled under a fence, ran down a wooded embankment and jumped into the river.
The police officer said he ordered the man to return to shore and took the soaked suspect in for booking.
Man claims gunmen chased him to river
A city man told police Sunday night that he hid in the brush on the banks of the Merrimack River for about two hours earlier in the day after being chased by two handgun-toting men.
Police said the man contacted them at about 9:30 Sunday night and said he had nearly been hit by a blue pickup truck driven by an older man on Second Street. The man said two younger passengers then got out of the truck carrying black handguns.
The victim reported he ran from the men and hid near the river until he was sure they were gone.
He said he didn’t know why the men chased him.
Cab driver is victim of snatch and grab robbery
A city cab driver was robbed on Hanover Street on Sunday evening, police said.
Police said the cab driver reported that he had dropped off a fare and was making change when an unknown man grabbed the money out of his hand and took off.
The suspect, described as a white man, about 6 feet tall with short brown hair, made off with $40.
Spices stolen in store burglary on Elm Street
Another store burglary was reported in the city early Sunday.
Police responded to an alarm at the Spider-Brite store at 435 Elm St. and found that a rock had been used to smash a glass door.
Surveillance video showed two suspects entering the business, where one used his elbow to destroy a display case and steal spice packages, while the second suspect removed items from a shelf.
The value of the stolen merchandise was estimated at more than $3,000.
Hooksett teen accused of spraying graffiti on fence
A Hooksett teen was charged with spraying graffiti on a fence at a Union Street business in Manchester.
A police sergeant spotted Cullen Cuningham, 17, hiding in bushes at Union and Shasta streets at about 2 a.m. on Sunday.
Sgt. Chris Sanders said he determined that Cunningham had been using spray paint on a fence at Keller Products on Union Street. He was charged with criminal mischief.
Man sought in three cell phone thefts on Elm
Three grab-and-run cell phone thefts near Elm Street may be the work of a single thief.
Manchester police said a woman leaving an Elm Street tavern reported that she was standing on the sidewalk when a young man approached and asked to use the phone. She handed the man her phone and he ran off with it.
In the second case, a woman said she got into her car on Elm Street near Auburn Street when a man approached and asked to use her phone. The woman offered to make a call for him, but she said the man reached through the window, grabbed the iPhone and took off.
A third victim reported that she was walking toward her vehicle on Depot Street when she saw a man inside. The woman said the man took off as she approached and she then discovered that her phone was also long gone.
Each victim described the suspect as a very thin black man, about 6 feet tall with a shaved head, wearing blue or denim shorts and light colored shirt with black and yellow sneakers.
Bar brawl spills over to chicken restaurant
A late-night brawl in a downtown Manchester bar spilled over into a nearby chicken restaurant early Sunday, damaging some of the restaurant’s property in the process.
Police said the two combatants got into a tussle at Margarita’s on Elm Street shortly after midnight.
One of the two, identified by police as Mohamed Nweiran, 33, of Manchester left that establishment but was chased by a second man, David Gabriel, 37, of Manchester.
Nweiran ran into the USA Chicken restaurant where the fighting resumed.
Police officer Mark Aquino ended the brawl by subduing Nweiran.
Both men were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
A candle and television in the restaurant were damaged.
Convenience store robbed at gunpoint
A knife-wielding bandit robbed a 7-Eleven store on Queen City Avenue early Sunday morning.
Police said a clerk told them the man entered the store brandishing a knife and demanded cash.
He was described as being about 5 feet 5 inches tall, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and a black ski mask.
An undisclosed amount of money was stolen.
Police say man was drunk when he drove over lawns
A city man has been charged with drunken driving after allegedly running his truck over some lawns and into a tree near Somerville and Knowlton streets, then taking off.
Devin Lindbom, 20, of Manchester was charged with driving while intoxicated, illegal possession of alcohol and conduct after an accident.
Police said witnesses reported the blue pickup truck took off after the accident and was later found parked at an address on Renault Street.
A police dog was brought in to track the suspect and Lindbom was found walking on Pinebrook Place after the accident. Officers said that when they found Lindbom, he “exhibited signs of impairment due to alcohol consumption” and had fresh cuts to his face, forearms and leg.
Portable potties go up in flames at Crystal Lake
A fire that destroyed a pair of portable toilets at Crystal Lake on Sunday is under investigation.
A city Parks and Recreation employee said two toilets at the park were found destroyed early Suday morning after apparently being set on fire during the overnight hours.
The toilets were a total loss.