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Manchester pawn shop owner gave chase after robbery
On Wednesday about 3:15 p.m., a man walked into Nelson's Good Still Pawn Shop, pointed a gun in his face and muttered something Nelson couldn't understand. He distracted the man by calling out to a coworker.
Nelson and two associates chased him six blocks from the 126 Kelley St. store to a yard on Rimmon Street, where they waited for police.
Officer Walter Feldhouse was directed by witnesses to 290 Dubuque St., where the man had last been seen. As Feldhouse approached the home, he spotted the man and chased him over a fence and into a neighboring yard outside 322 Rimmon St.
Manchester police said the suspect at first was "uncooperative" and would not give his identity. Later, however, the man told them his name is Jonathan Rodriguez, 20, and that he had no current address.
Lt. Maureen Tessier said Thursday morning that police are still looking for the weapon. Although they had recovered some pieces of clothing and a knife they believed Rodriguez discarded in flight.
"It's scary to know this was going on outside my home, in the middle of the day," said Chris Eaton, who lives in an apartment directly above the Good Still Pawn Shop. "Luke's a good guy, and he runs a good business here. I don't know what's happening with this city. This used to be a good neighborhood."
"Manchester is getting bad; people are getting desperate and doing desperate things," said Nelson. "That's why I brought my gun in. I don't know what he would have done if I didn't have it, but God was with us today. I have security cameras, locks, everything, but none of it does any good when someone has a gun pointed at you."
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