Man jumps in river to evade police, arrested along with 2 others

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Roland Iller was pulled from the river after jumping in to evade police.

MANCHESTER, NH – Police arrested three people following an investigation into a robbery reported at Chalifour’s Flowers  just before 1 p.m. on Jan. 26.

None of the three were charged with robbery, police said.

Robert Brearly
Robert Brearly

Police were summoned on Jan. 26 to the shop at 46 Elm St. for a reported robbery. The victim described the assailant as a heavy-set white female who allegedly fled in an older model Toyota Sienna minivan. The victim also told police the robber claimed to have a weapon, although no weapon was shown during the robbery.

Multiple police units flooded the area and made an attempt to locate the woman. Officer Adam Beland decided to check the parking lot of the Econo-Lodge in an attempt to find and identify a possible vehicle that matched the description. He observed a silver

Roland Iller
Roland Iller

minivan and attempted to stop it, but two men fled the vehicle before he could get out of his cruiser. One of the two men, Robert Brearley, 25, Manchester, was apprehended almost immediately. The second man jumped into the river in an attempt to escape capture.  However he was pulled from the water and identified as Roland Iller, 26, also of Manchester. Iller was transported to a local hospital and treated for possible hypothermia.

The vehicle involved was allegedly taken without consent, so Brearley was charged with receiving stolen property.

A woman was also apprehended at the Econo-Lodge for unrelated charges. She was identified as Deanna Cannella, 25, of Manchester. Cannella was arrested on an out of town warrant. Neither Brearly nor Iller were charged with robbery.

Deanna Cannella
Deanna Cannella

Brearley was charged with reckless conduct, a felony; receiving/possessing stolen property; resisting arrest/detention; and habitual offender. Iller was charged with resisting arrest/detention and will appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on March 3, 2015 after being released on $1,000 cash/surety bail.


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