Second Street store owner pistol whipped; Manchester police seeking white male in dark jacketBy MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader
April 20. 2018 8:38AM
MANCHESTER — A West Side business owner suffered a head injury during a robbery in which he tried to fight back Thursday, according to witnesses.
“He was drenched in blood,” said Sarah Leclair, manager at Pizza Express 2 at 865 Second St. “I can’t get the picture out of my head.”
The victim, the owner of First Nutrition, walked to Pizza Express 2 in the same plaza to seek help. He said he had been robbed by a person with a gun, according to Leclair.
Restaurant owner Peter Houliaris said he saw at least three holes in the victim’s head.
The victim told Houliaris that the robber “hit him with a gun.”
Police didn’t name the victim, who was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries to his head and face. The victim did not suffer a gunshot wound, police said.
Houliaris said the victim told him the robber gave him a bag and told him to fill it up.
The victim “tried to fight with the guy,” Houliaris said.
“David’s a very nice, friendly guy,” said Leclair, who didn’t know the victim’s last name. “He always comes in here with a smile on his face.”
Leclair said the man orders the same thing, a steak tip Caesar wrap, every day.
“He was very, very traumatized,” Leclair said.
Around 1:15 p.m., state and Manchester police swarmed the plaza, which features about a half-dozen businesses, including a comic book store and nail salon, south of Queen City Avenue.
“Tons of police with guns,” Leclair said. “Yes, they all had their guns out.”
Police were looking for a white man, about 5-foot-7, who was last seen wearing a dark jacket and dark pants.
Police also were interested in a dark-colored Chevy pickup seen leaving before they arrived, but authorities weren’t certain if that vehicle is connected to the robbery.
“Who would do something like this in broad daylight?” said Scot Kinney, who previously ran the restaurant Unwined in the same plaza and came to the scene Thursday.
Nestor Magana, who works nearby at Puerto Vallarta Mexican restaurant, said police asked staff and customers to remain until the area was safe.
“There’s not usually crime there,” Magana said. “Sometimes I’m here until midnight on the weekends, and the parking lot is empty. This is the first time actually something happened.”