Man crashes car fleeing mall after theft, gets away in car he stole from someone who stopped to help

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MANCHESTER, NH – Police are looking for a man who is wanted for an alleged theft from the Mall of New Hampshire who crashed his car while fleeing the parking lot, then allegedly stole a vehicle from a bystander who stopped to help after the crash.

According to police, on December 3, 2018 at approximately 10:15 a.m. officers responded to the Mall of New Hampshire parking lot at 1500 South Willow St. for a report of a motor vehicle crash involving serious injury. A man involved in the incident had already fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, prior to the officers’ arrival.

Responding officers learned that a 67-year-old woman from Londonderry was driving a 2018 Toyota Camry through the lower parking lot in the area of Macy’s when she was struck by a 2009 Nissan Versa, which was traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver of the 2009 Nissan was later identified as Keon Mercer, 45, of Manchester. After hitting the 2018 Toyota Camry, Mercer allegedly got out of his vehicle and fled into a 2009 Ford Focus owned by a Pembroke resident, who had stopped to provide aid to the victims. Mercer left the scene in the vehicle.

The passenger in Mercer’s Nissan, a 27-year-old Manchester woman, suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.

The female operator the 2018 Toyota Camry suffered non-life threatening injuries. Both injured parties were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Mercer is also alleged to have stolen merchandise from JC Penney prior to the crash.

The Manchester Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit Responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Mercer for the charges of conduct after accident (felony); theft of a motor vehicle (felony); theft (shoplifting); and operating after suspension resulting in serious bodily injury (felony).

If you have any information regarding this crash please contact the Manchester Police Traffic Unit at (603) 668-8711 or make an anonymous tip via Manchester Crime Line