Manchester police seeking man following armed robbery

Manchester police are asking for the public’s help to identify the man in this photograph robbing the Shop N Go convenience store on Massabesic Street Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. The robbery was the second at that location in a month.

MANCHESTER — Police are asking for the public’s help to identify a white male who robbed the operators of a Manchester convenience store Friday night, the second time in a month the store has been robbed.

Officers responded to the Shop N Go at 188 Massabesic St. after a 911 call was placed to them at 6:48 p.m. about an armed robbery.

Police said a male entered the store, threatened the clerk with a gun and demanded money.

The robber fled the store with an undetermined amount of money and was last seen running east on Massabesic Street, according to officials.

The robber was described as being 20 to 30 years old and 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10. He was wearing a black mask, black-hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans, officials said.

A police officer with K-9 track searched for the robber in the areas of Valley and Wilson streets but he was not found.

Manchester police released images of the robber captured from store surveillance cameras.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.

Two men were arrested a few weeks ago on weapons violations and charged with three recent armed robberies including one at the Shop N Go.

According to police, Sgt. Matthew Jajuga, along with Officers Eric Pappalardo and Michael DeJoy stopped Kyle Bernier, 27, of Manchester, and Mesfen Rowell, 30, of no fixed address, while the pair were walking on Lake Avenue toward Lincoln Street. According to police, officers had received information that one or both men may have been involved in a string of recent store robberies in Manchester, so they conducted a field stop to speak with them.

According to police, a pat-down search revealed both men were in possession of dangerous weapons. Rowell had a 9-mm handgun with a fully loaded magazine, police said, while Bernier was carrying a BB gun and a pair of brass knuckles. Both men were previously convicted of felonies, and both were arrested on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of dangerous weapons.

Detectives working on the recent robbery investigation also charged Rowell with three counts of armed robbery, including the Shop N Go, Seven Days Market and A + A Market convenience stores between Jan. 7 and 8.