MANCHESTER, NH – Police are seeking help in identifying the man pictured above who attempted to assault and rob a World War II veteran on Saturday outside Walgreens on Valley Street.
At about 9 a.m. veteran Arthur Kamberis, 95, of Manchester was leaving Walgreens, 606 Valley St. after picking up a prescription. Kamberis lives a short distance from the store and uses a cane to get around.
Kamberis told Officer Jake Tyler a man may have been watching him as he completed his transaction at the pharmacy counter. Upon leaving the store, Kamberis felt the man closing in on him as he approached the credit union across the street. He described the suspect as a white male, between 5-fo0t-9 and 5-foot-11, 160-170 pounds, light brown hair, brown eyes and possibly in his early 30s. He was wearing a gray jacket, gray hat and light-colored shoes.
The would-be robber allegedly grabbed Kamberis’ arm and said something Kamberis couldn’t understand while reaching for Kamberis’ wallet, which was secured inside of a zippered pocket. Kamberis started to fight off the attacker and hit him several times with his cane. His actions most likely prevented the suspect from gaining possession of his wallet, police said.
A bystander observed the attack and ran to Kamberis’ aid, prompting the assailant to flee the scene. The bystander then drove Kamberis to his residence after the attempted robbery. He was not injured.
If you can identify the man pictured above, contact the Manchester Police Department Detective Division at 668-8711. Please reference Case # 15-7297. If you wish to remain anonymous and provide information leading to the identification and arrest of a suspect, then you may be eligible for a cash reward through Manchester Crimeline. Please contact our Crimeline at 624-4040 or fill out the online tip form.
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