Rochester man faces multiple charges after chase
August 30. 2018 11:40PM
ROCHESTER — A Rochester man with a long criminal past faces armed robbery, drug and weapon charges after his arrest Thursday afternoon, police said.
Paul Brooks, 30, was being held in Strafford County House of Correction awaiting his arraignment on five charges that stemmed from the robbery of a local man in a wooded area adjacent to Spruce Street, according to police.
Officers first responded to the area of Knight Street at the Cumberland Farms after the victim had called for help from the convenience store.
Brooks is accused of brandishing a knife while he robbed the victim of personal items, police said.
Later Thursday afternoon, officers learned Brooks was behind Wyandotte Falls; they spotted him by the Cochecho River with a knife in his hand. Brooks was ordered to put the knife down, but ran away.
Brooks was found hiding in the woods with the help of K-9 Officer Keith MacKenzie and his bloodhound partner Gunner.
At the time of this arrest, Brooks was wanted on a probation violation warrant.
He was also charged with armed robbery. a convicted felon in possession of a deadly weapon, possession of both heroin and methamphetamine and resisting arrest.
Police said Brooks was treated for a non-arrest-related injury at Frisbie Memorial Hospital and then taken to the Rochester Police Department. He turned down the services of a bail commissioner and was sent to the county jail.
Police said Brooks has a felony fentanyl conviction, along with arrests for theft and for being a fugitive from justice.