2 face robbery, drug charges after threatening man at gunpoint

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MANCHESTER, NH — Joseph Alston, 29, of Dorchester, Mass., and Christopher Core-Walkers, 23, of Stone Mountain, GA., were arrested March 9 at Speedway Gas on Massabesic Street in connection with the following alleged crimes.

Manchester Police responded to a Bodwell Road apartment complex on February 29, 2016 for a robbery/theft call for service. The officers spoke with the victim, Adrian Hardisty, 19 of Manchester, who told police he had  sold an older model BMW and an older model Ford Explorer to the suspects, later identified as Alston and Core-Walkers, on February 29, 2016.

The men were unhappy with the performance of the BMW, so they returned a short time later demanding a refund. Hardisty allegedly agreed to return the money once they returned the vehicle, so two males showed up at his home, allegedly pointed a gun at him and his girlfriend, then attempted to take $400 cash from Hardisty. They also took his girlfriend’s cell phone, so she was unable to contact police. They left with the vehicle they were going to return.

On March 9, 2016, both Hardisty and his girlfriend retuned home and observed the same two men from the previous incident sitting in their parking lot inside of the Ford Explorer they sold to them a week earlier. They called Manchester Police and followed the vehicle to Speedway Gas on Massabesic Street. Both men were ultimately identified and arrested.

They were transported to police headquarters for the booking process. However, Core-Walker failed to comply and was transported to Valley Street Jail for processing.

Alston was charged with criminal liability to attempted robbery; criminal threatening; and theft By unauthorized taking. Core-Walker was charged with attempted robbery; possession of a controlled drug; possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute; and convicted felon, after officers located .74 grams of cocaine and an additional 6.84 grams of individually wrapped packages of cocaine.

Both men were scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on March 10, 2016. Core-Walker was transported to Valley Street jail prior to the completion of the booking process.

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