2 weekend robberies and a drug overdose on a raft

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MANCHESTER, NH — Three incidents — two alleged robberies and a drug overdose — were reported over the weekend, as described in the following police narrative:

A Queen City man was robbed at knife point on Saturday August 15, approximately 7:30 a.m. in the area of Bird Bath Laundromat, 253 Lake Avenue. The 22-year old victim told police he was walking in the alley behind the Bird Bath when he was accosted by two men armed with knives.

The victim said one man placed him in a chokehold as the other man allegedly threatened him with a knife before removing  cash from him and then fleeing on foot. 

The victim reported the crime to police a short time later and provided details to assist detectives in the investigation. It does not appear to be a random attack and the victim most likely knew his assailants.

A second robbery occurred on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in the area of the bicycle path, located behind Home Depot, 129 March Avenue. The 34-year old victim was walking on the bike path near South Beech and Mitchell streets when he was allegedly pushed from behind causing him to fall to the ground.

The man struck his head when he fell to the ground and also had minor lacerations to his elbow and knees. He refused medical treatment on scene. He claimed to have been robbed of his wallet and a large sum of cash. He stated the bike path was too dark to make out an accurate description of his alleged attacker.

A third incident required Manchester Emergency personnel to be dispatched to the Merrimack River on Aug. 16 at approximately 8:40 p.m. for a report of a male overdose victim. The man was located underneath the Amoskeag Bridge while floating on a raft.

The overdose victim, Conor Begley, 31 of Manchester, was allegedly fishing with a friend, Joel LeBlanc, 35 also of Manchester. They were seated on a raft while fishing in the river when Begley overdosed, causing him to lose consciousness.

LeBlanc was not sure of the duration of time Begley was unconscious and claimed to have no knowledge of Begley using drugs at the time of the overdose. LeBlanc contacted 911 because Begley was unresponsive when he attempted to wake him. AMR administered NARCAN, which is an opiate antagonist and only reverses the effects of opiates/opioids. Begley resumed breathing and was taken to a local hospital.


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