David St. Onge, 46, of Manchester, was arrested just before noon on July 30 after police say he walked into Uncle Bob’s Market, 435 Kelley St., on the city’s West Side, took a gallon of milk and a bag of sugar, then argued with two clerks as he fled the store without paying.
Police say at approximately 11:45 a.m. a call came in for a burglary in progress at that address. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a black T-shirt and red-and-white hat.
Manchester Police Officer Mike Buckley was dispatched and as he arrived at the scene, saw a subject matching the description walking easterly on Kelley Street, away from the store. Officer Buckley engaged the man, identified as St. Onge, in conversation and asked him if he had taken items from the store without paying. St. Onge allegedly told police he was involved in the incident, so Officer Buckley advised him that he was going to be placed under arrest.
According to police, St. Onge became confrontational with Officer Buckley as he attempted to place handcuffs on St. Onge. They engaged in a struggle and St. Onge was ultimately taken to the ground where he continued to fight with Officer Buckley. A short time later Officer Todd Biery showed up on scene and assisted with handcuffing St. Onge who was eventually subdued and taken into custody, and later transported to police headquarters.
The store employees, Bharat Patel, 62, and Pradip Patel, 59, both stated St. Onge had removed items from their store and left without paying. They tried to stop him by verbally confronting him as he fled the store with the two items.
St. Onge faces multiple charges including robbery, resisting arrest and contempt of court/violation of bail conditions. He was due in court July 31.