Robber with box cutter hides in utility shed, gets sniffed out by police dog

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MANCHESTER, NH — Jason Robinson, 36, no fixed address, was arrested June 25 by Manchester Police. He was charged with attempted robbery and prowling, based on the following police narrative of events leading to his arrest.

At about 2 a.m. Officer Jeff Fierimonte and his police dog partner Bauer arrived at Mr. Mike’s Convenience Store, 1932 Wellington Road, for a report of an attempted robbery.

Officer Fierimonte spoke with the victims, Jasmin Omanovic, 24, and his girlfriend, Amy McCormick, 29. Both stated they were seated inside Omanovic’s vehicle when they noticed a couple seated inside a nearby silver Nissan Altima. They continued talking and watched the man, later identified as Robinson, and a woman enter Mr. Mike’s and then exit the store and return to their parked car. 

After spending several minutes in their own vehicle, Robinson and the woman got out of the Nissan and approached Omanovic. Robinson allegedly brandished a box cutter style knife and demanded cash from Omanovic, who remained seated in his car.

Omanovic claimed Robinson threatened him with the box cutter, but Omanovic was able to roll up his window and press his car alarm. The alarm may have scared the two because the incident immediately ended.

Robinson and his female counterpart returned to the Nissan and fled prior to police arrival. Neither Omanovic nor his girlfriend were injured in the botched robbery attempt. They stated they did not know the suspect or his female friend.

However, as Officer Fierimonte spoke with the victims outside of Mr. Mike’s they noticed the same Nissan drive by. Officer Clifford Ellston stopped the vehicle on Wellington Road (just west of Mr. Mike’s) and spoke with a female driver, identified as Heather Payne, 37, no fixed address. Robinson was no longer inside the vehicle, so Officer Fierimonte began a search with Bauer.

The dog eventually located Robinson behind 1724 Wellington Road, inside of a shed, alerting Robinson’s location to the officer by barking. The barking may have proved too much for Robinson, who surrendered and was placed into custody without incident.

He appeared in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on June 25. Payne has not been charged at this time.

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