Arrest made in armed robbery of Macy's in Manchester

Nathan Lesage, 24, of Manchester, was arrested and charged with Monday's armed robbery bid at Macy's Department Store at the Mall of New Hampshire, police officials said. Lesage also faced a bench warrant issued for his earlier failure to appear in drug court.

MANCHESTER — Manchester police officials credited the quick work of detectives who followed crime tips with leading to the arrest of a local man charged in an armed robbery attempt inside Macy’s at the Mall of New Hampshire.

Nathan Lesage, 24, faced arraignment in Hillsborough County Superior Court North Thursday on charges of armed robbery and a bench warrant for his earlier failure to appear in drug court, officials said.

Lesage was arrested without incident at a 476 Spruce St. residence at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Manchester police Detectives Scott Ardita, Ryan Heile and Justin Magnum followed up the tips that led Officers Michael DeJoy and Ryan Olsen to find and arrest Lesage, officials said.

Police say Lesage was the armed man who on Monday at 10:45 a.m. pulled a knife on a mall security worker inside Macy’s.

Officials said the store worker questioned Lesage about a possible shoplifting incident.

Lesage is charged with threatening to stab the employee and then fleeing on foot and entering a late model dark colored Toyota Camry.

Witnesses had supplied to police three digits of the getaway car’s license plate, police officials said.

Lesage had other recent run-ins with area law enforcement.

In October 2015, Concord police arrested Lesage as the man they accused of trying to steal drills from a Sears in the city.

When employees tried to stop Lesage, police officials said he made “chicken noises” and fled on foot leaving the drills behind.

Then last March, Manchester police arrested Lesage and another man in what officials described as a love triangle in the city.

Police said a 27-year-old woman was visiting Jose Acevedo, 26, at his 62 Cartier St., Apt. 1 residence and said Lesage showed up and a fight took place when Lesage accused the couple of being involved in a relationship.

Police officials said Lesage got a superficial stab wound to the abdomen in that incident.

Acevedo was arrested and charged with first-degree assault. At that time Lesage was wanted and arrested on an outstanding bench warrant out of the 9th Circuit Manchester District.

klandrigan@unionleader.com