2 teens arrested following foot chase, after patrol officers witness alleged drug deal

Chandler Innarelli faces more charges after allegedly threatening to take an officer's gun once in custody.

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MANCHESTER, NH – Officers Brian Karoul and Fred Gillis were patrolling the area of Lincoln and Merrimack streets at 1:40 p.m. on May 9 when they observed what they believed to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction. They observed a silver Hyundai parked in front of 329 Merrimack St. The vehicle was facing westbound in the eastbound lane with a man seated in the driver’s seat. Another man was standing outside of the driver’s window as the cruiser passed by.

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The man standing at the window immediately fled on foot when he saw the police cruiser. The officers exited the police car and gave chase. The man in the vehicle started to run as soon as the officers went after the first subject. He refused to stop even though both officers ordered him to do so. The officers caught up to him at the corner of Maple Street and Londonderry Lane. They transitioned him to the ground and placed him into custody even though he remained uncooperative. He was identified as Chandler Innarelli, 19, of Manchester.

Additional officers arrived on scene in an attempt to locate the second man who fled. Officers Andrew Choi and Robert Harrington located the man in the area of 361 Hanover St. within minutes of the initial foot pursuit. The man was hiding under a parked vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident and a search incident to arrest revealed he was in possession of a small scale and 2.4 grams of marijuana. He was identified as Yohani Nzomararamwe, 19, of Manchester. He was charged with resisting arrest/detention and possession of a controlled drug. He also had two outstanding arrest warrants for failure to appear in both district and superior court.

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Innarelli remained uncooperative on scene and inside police headquarters. Officer Gillis and Detective Joe Lorenzo walked toward the gun safe to secure their firearms when they instructed Innarelli to face the wall. A patrol officer walked by with a long rifle and Innarelli made a comment about taking his rifle. Detective Lorenzo had him turn around as Officer Gillis secured his firearm. Instead, Innarelli turned toward the detective and made comments about taking one of the officer’s guns. The detective turned him around toward the wall but he pushed back and became confrontational. Innarelli was transitioned to the ground and secured in handcuffs. He is charged with two counts resisting arrest/detention and one count criminal threatening.

Both subjects were scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on May 10, 2017.