MANCHESTER, NH – Ousman Trawalley, 23 of Alexandria, Va., was arrested Nov. 11 after allegedly stealing an iPhone from a man outside of the Red Arrow Diner, who shared his headphones with the stranger.
At about 1 a.m. Thursday Officer Kevin O’Meara was flagged down near the Red Arrow, 61 Lowell St., for a reported theft call. He spoke with Noah Vincent, 19, of Manchester, the alleged victim, who told Officer O’Meara he had been approached by a man he didn’t know who asked him for money.
That man was later identified as Trawalley.
As told to police, after Vincent told Trawalley he wouldn’t give him money, Trawalley allegedly grabbed Vincent’s headphones, which were attached to his iPhone, and started listening to music with him. Although Vincent told police he was extremely uncomfortable about the situation, he decided not to say anything because he thought Trawalley would eventually continue on his way.
Instead, after several minutes, Trawalley removed the headphones, still attached to Vincent’s iPhone, and fled on foot with the iPhone and headphones. At this point, Vincent saw an officer on patrol and flagged him down to complete a report, providing a description of the clothing Trawalley was wearing and his last known direction of travel.
Several minutes later Officer O’Meara located a man fitting the description of the Lowell Street thief on Lake Avenue near Chestnut Street, wearing gray headphones, and clothing matching the description given to police.
Officer O’Meara attempted to question Trawalley, who declined to answer questions and fled on foot toward E&R Cleaners. Officer O’Meara caught up to Trawalley near E &R Cleaners and was able to grab his jacket, causing both to fall to the ground. Officer Michael McGee arrived on scene and helped subdue Trawalley, described by police as combative.
Officer O’Meara sustained a minor injury to his hand and knee while he transitioned Trawalley to the ground. Trawalley also sustained a laceration to his hand as he was brought to the ground.
Trawalley was in possession of the victim’s headphones and iPhone, so the items were returned to Vincent. He advised the officer that he did not wish to pursue criminal charges. Trawalley was charged with resisting arrest/detention, criminal mischief and violation of bail. He appeared in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on November 12.
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