A Lowell man, Brian Cuneen, and his partner in crime, John Hickey, have been accused of attempting to rob a convenience store in Manchester, New Hampshire. Authorities who were on the scene said that the crime did not go as planned.
The defendants entered the store, and held up what looked like a handgun before demanding money from the female clerk who was working the cash register. The clerk did not believe it was a real gun, and refused to hand over any money. The suspect then lunged at her over the counter a few times. At this point, a customer entered the store and proceeded to call the police from a cell phone. Empty-handed, the defendants left the store without the money and ran a few blocks into a waiting vehicle, later identified as a Dodge Intrepid with Massachusetts plates. Witnesses from the scene were not sure who was driving the vehicle.
Another witness from the scene, who also called the police, decided to follow the vehicle on the highway. The witness provided the police with updates on the vehicle's location, and also with a visual description of the vehicle. Because of this, the police were able to catch up with the car after the driver paid a cash toll in Bedford, New Hampshire. Both men were arrested at gunpoint.
The defendant was in the car, along with a six-year-old girl and her mother, who were in the back seat.
At this time, the defendants were arrested. One of the defendants (John Hickey) was charged with armed robbery, while the other (Brian Cunneen)was charged with criminal liability to armed robbery according to a statement issued by the Manchester Police Department. Both of the men are currently in custody, and scheduled to appear in Manchester District Court for their arraignments.
Currently, the police do not have the weapon used in the robbery. However, the suspect was seen by witnesses leaving the store holding the gun and entering the vehicle. The vehicle has since been impounded, and police are in the process of getting a search warrant so that they can look for the weapon.
UPDATE: Cunneen is being held on $50,000 cash bail, while Hickey is being held on $10,000 cash bail. Both of the men are next set to appear in court for probable cause hearings. Cunneen's hearing will be held on August 12th, while Hickey's will be held on August 8th.