MANCHESTER - A 19-year-old man is under arrest, accused of stealing cash from the register drawer at a Londonderry Turnpike gas station and then punching two officers when they tried to arrest him.
The incident began about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday at Gulf Express at the corner of Wellington Road and Londonderry Turnpike.
Sgt. Richard Brennan said a man entered the store, got a soda and then went to the counter to pay for it. When the clerk opened the register drawer, the man reached over and grabbed the cash.
He fled the store with the money. About 40 minutes later, Officers Lisa Mackey and Eric Joyal were in the police transport van traveling on Candia Road when they spotted the suspect, later identified by police as Gedeon Karasi of Manchester, on Candia Road.
They pulled over to stop him. According to police, Karasi became increasingly agitated and suddenly tried to run. The officers grabbed him to stop him and he allegedly punched Mackey in the face. Mackey and Joyal then both fought with Karasi who police said also punched Joyal.
Eventually, the officers were able to subdue and arrest him.
Joyal injured a hand in the incident and went to a hospital as a precaution, according to Sgt. Richard Brennan.
The store clerk was not injured in the incident.
Karasi is charged with theft, two counts of simple assault and resisting arrest. He pleaded innocent to the charges later Tuesday morning in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, and trial was set for Dec. 17.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier successfully sought $10,000 cash/surety bail for Karasi, saying he has a September 2011 theft conviction and was convicted this past September of possession of a controlled drug. She said he was sentenced to 270 days in jail, with 262 suspended, so he is under the umbrella of that suspended sentence.