Paul Toussaint, Chief
23 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
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Rochester Police Release Name of Armed Man
ROCHESTER — Chief Paul Toussaint reports that the Rochester Police Department is releasing the name of the armed suspect believed to be in the woods near Walmart.
Police are actively looking for CHRISTOPHER L. THOMAS, AGE 27, HOMELESS.
Chief Paul Toussaint reports that the Rochester Police Department is actively searching for an armed and wanted man near Route 11 and asks that residents avoid the area.
This afternoon, Rochester Police received a report that a man, armed with a rifle, was seen in the rear parking lot of Walmart, 116 Farmington Road, before disappearing into the woods.
The man is known to police and has three warrants for Criminal Threatening, along with four warrants for Theft. He is believed to be in the area behind Walmart and Market Basket, somewhere in the woods along The Ridge development.
Out of an abundance of caution, Walmart, Market Basket and the surrounding businesses have been evacuated. No shots have been fired and no injuries have been reported.
Just before 5 p.m., the Seacoast CERT SWAT team, along with the Strafford County SWAT team County SWAT team, responded to the area to assist Rochester Police with the search.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s with a beard, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds.