MANCHESTER, NH – Benjamin Bennett, 25, January 23 following an alleged robbery attempt a Rite-Aid, 1631 Elm Street on Jan. 23.
At about 9:50 a.m. multiple officers responded to the 911 call. During the course of the robbery, Bennett allegedly displayed a note to the clerk demanding “$500 cash or risk being shot.”
Police said a weapon was not shown during the attempted robber.
Police dispatch provided a description of Bennett, and officers patrolled the area. Officer Drew Fleming observed a male subject matching the original description of the robber running in the area of Chestnut and Brook streets. He stopped the man, later identified as Bennett, and made an attempt to subdue him. Due to the fact the officer felt the Bennett may have been armed with a weapon, he remained a safe distance from him and used verbal commands but the Bennett refused to comply. Officer Fleming ultimately received backup from Officer Tom Ouellette and together they were able to take Bennett to the ground and place him into custody after a brief struggle.
Bennett was charged with robbery; criminal mischief, resisting arrest/detention and placed on a 72-hour hold for probation/parole.