MANCHESTER, NH – Ahmed Abukar, 19, of Manchester, was arrested Jan. 26, charged with groping three students and trying to lure them back to his home, as well as drug possession, leading authorities to step-up police presence around Central High School.
At approximately 7:50 a.m. Manchester Police Detectives Kimberly Barbee and Michael Valenti spoke with Central High School students about a male subject standing in the area of Central High School. Three female students told police they were walking to school when Abukar, who was unknown to them and standing in the area of Beech and Hanover streets “accosted” them.
According to police Abukar allegedly made repeated attempts to lure the students back to his home. The students also reported that Abukar groped them as they walked past him. All three of the students arrived uninjured and immediately reported the incidents to a school administrator.
Detectives Barbee and Valenti immediately spoke with school administration about the incidents. The Manchester School District and Manchester Police Department took prompt action to ensure the safety of all of the students. The Manchester School District sent an email to all Central High School parents, so they were informed of the above mentioned incidents. School administrators implemented a “secure campus” plan of action until 9:30 a.m. for the protection of student inside the building.
Manchester Police Department increased patrols in the area as soon as the incident was reported. Patrol officers, detectives and a detail officer located a man matching the description of the alleged perpetrator and identified him as Abukar.
He was initially found to be in possession of drugs and charged with two counts possession of marijuana (3.7 grams) and heroin, and transported to police headquarters at 8:50 a.m., approximately one hour after the incidents were reported to police.
A subsequent investigation led to three additional charges of three counts sexual assault (misdemeanor); criminal threatening and criminal trespass. His court date has yet to be determined.
Moving forward, the Manchester Police Department, in conjunction with the Manchester School District, has put together a plan of action to increase patrols around the schools.