Man charged after alleged attempted robbery of 83-year-old at her apartment building

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MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester Police were called to an unknown disturbance at 411 Central Street at 1:50 p.m. on August 18, 2017. The 83-year-old victim told responding officers that she entered the common hallway of her first-floor apartment with her granddaughter while carrying her groceries. She felt something was amiss because the hallway light was turned off, but she entered her apartment and attempted to unload her groceries.

She was with her 17-year-old granddaughter at the time a man approached her door and demanded cash from her. He told her he had a gun and forced the door open as she attempted to close it on the stranger. She refused to give him money and continued to close the door on the man. The granddaughter and her boyfriend came to her aid after hearing the victim’s cry for help. Her granddaughter’s boyfriend chased the fleeing suspect and caught up to him near Wilson Street and Lake Avenue.

However, the suspect began swinging a piece of glass and a wood plank, so the boyfriend backed off and waited for police to arrive. Police located the suspect at 302 Merrimack St. a short time later.

He was identified as Carlos Reyes, 47, of Manchester. He was charged with attempted robbery, two counts of criminal threatening and placed on a 72-hour hold for probation/parole. He appeared in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 21, 2017.

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