MANCHESTER, NH – A city man was arrested Wednesday and is facing several charges, including threatening a bystander with a box-cutter, after trying to evade police on a bicycle and on foot.
On July 27 at approximately 12:05 p.m., Officer Beau Bernard responded to 43 Welch Ave. for a theft in progress. The victims reported that they looked out their window and saw a man stealing items from their vehicle.
When confronted, the man – later identified as Pablo Rodriguez, 33, of Manchester – allegedly pulled out a box cutter and threatened them with it. He then fled on his bicycle. While Officer Bernard was taking the report, the victim saw Rodriguez riding by on his bicycle. Officer Bernard ordered Rodriguez to stop, but he continued on, and so Officer Bernard chased Rodriguez to the area of Union and Hayward streets.
Detectives Patrick Houghton and David Dupont made an attempt to stop Rodriguez with the assistance of a bystander. Rodriguez ran toward the bystander and made contact with a head butt, knocking the bystander to the ground, and evading capture.
Several police units responded to the area and created a perimeter. Rodriguez emerged from the area running across Sheridan Emmett Park where he was subsequently taken into custody.
Rodriguez was scheduled to be arraigned on July 28 in the 9th Circuit District Manchester to answer to the charges of: resisting arrest/detention (three counts); receiving stolen property; falsifying physical evidence; simple assault; criminal threatening (felony); and an outstanding warrant for shoplifting.