Police arrest NH man for false gunshots report after investigating him as a suspect
MANCHESTER — Police have arrested a man who made a false report after stopping him for matching the description.
At 1:40 a.m. Thursday morning Manchester police received a call that reported the sound of gunshots in the area of Union and Silver streets. The caller provided a description of the alleged suspect and a phone number with a 978 area code.
A police officer was in the area doing routine check at the local convenience store when the call came in and did not hear the reported gunshots.
Minutes later, a separate officer spotted a man that matched the description from the call. The officer saw the man walking near the intersection of Union and Hayward streets with an iPhone in his hand.
Police stopped the man and identified him as Ronald Machos, 27, of Manchester. Officers questioned Machos who told police that he did not hear any gunshots and that he was walking to the convenience store.
The officer continued to investigate if Machos had any relation to the original call.
Manchester Dispatch reviewed the original call information and found that the number they were given was not the same as the number that called. The number that made the original call was found to have come from the area and was traced back to Machos' mother.
Officers found that Machos had made the call from his mother's phone and arrested him for false public alarm and false reports to a law enforcement, police said. He was released on $2,000 bail.
Machos is scheduled to appear in Manchester district court July 13.