Pursuit ends with gun possession arrest
MANCHESTER — A speeding car on Queen City Avenue, near Sundial Avenue, failed to stop for a police car with its siren and emergency lights activated at about 12:40 a.m. Saturday.
But Officer Eric Joyal continued to follow the vehicle as it continued west on Queen Ctiy Avenue and then south onto South Elm Street, to the area of Trahan Street, where the roadway was partly blocked by police cruisers at an unrelated call for service.
The pursued vehicle turned into an enclosed parking lot and stopped. Joyal then apprehended the driver, Nicholas Kelley, 29, of 227 Amory St., who was charged with disobeying a police officer. After a loaded .380 firearm was found on the passenger seat. Kelley was also charged with carrying a firearm without a license.
Second incident of gunshots
An officer responding to a report of shots fired in the area of Riverdale Avenue and West Mitchell Street at about 9:30 Saturday night met with a resident who reported looking outside and seeing the passenger in a black four-door sedan firing a handgun through the open sunroof.
The vehicle was described as possibly a Honda Civic or a BMW. Two officers each recovered a 9mm shell casing in the roadway.
Police are also investigating a report of gunshots in the same neighborhood last Wednesday, at about 9 p.m.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards may be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at manchestercrimeline.org.
Early morning gunshots
Police responded at about 6 a.m. Sunday to a Chestnut Street address for a report of gunshots. A 47-year-old man and his 38-year-old girlfriend told Officer Jonathan Makara that two or three men had tried to gain entry into their second-floor apartment, demanding to know the whereabouts of "Joe."
The male resident said he shouted to the men that no one named Joe lived in the apartment and that he was calling police. The resident said the men left, but he heard two or three gunshots as they did.
Officer Cliff Elston recovered a .380 shell casing and a bullet fragment from the ground in the rear yard. The residents could describe two men: the man with the gun was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, and a second man wore a white or gray hooded sweatshirt and carried a wrench. Both men wore white masks with black stripes covering their mouths.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Manchester Police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards may be made through Mancheser Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at manchestercrimeline.org.
Passing cruiser halts robbery
Police responding to a reported armed robbery at the Manchester Skate Park, 271 Maple St., shortly before midnight Sunday learned that another cruiser passing by had interrupted the robbery.
Two men, a 21-year-old Manchester resident and a 20-year-old Goffstown resident, reported they were approached in the park by two strangers who engaged them in friendly conversation.
The conversation stopped being friendly when one of the men produced a suspected firearm with a red-beam laser. The victims told police they couldn't see the weapon clearly, but it was held like a handgun would be and the victims were told to stand against the wall and hand over their wallets.
The robbers had only retrieved the Goffstown man's wallet when a passing cruiser startled them and they fled in a northerly direction. The man with the suspected gun is described as white, 20s, black hooded jacket (possibly Northface), black sweatpants and black ball cap with red visor worn backwards.
The second robber is described as white, 20s, goatee, gray hooded sweatshirt with stripes, light blue jeans and black knit cap. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Manchester police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards may be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040, or online at manchestercrimeline.org.