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A man who jumped into the Merrimack River and made his way into a drainpipe Thursday, allegedly to avoid Manchester police, has been taken into custody, police said.One week after allegedly stealing a woman’s purse in a Bedford store, Manchester police spotted the suspect.Police said the man ran away from officers trying to take him into custody around 1 p.m. in the area of Blaine and Second streets and later jumped into the Merrimack River before getting inside the drainpipe.Manchester police and firefighters worked to coax the man out of the drainpipe, using a loudspeaker to talk to him while lowering a ladder into the pipe. Police said the man, identified as Jorge Guzman Alvarado, 49, climbed out of the pipe after about 90 minutes and was taken to a hospital. “From what I understand, he was able to stand up in there, so he wasn’t in too much water,” said Heather Hamel, of the Manchester Police Department. “But he swam to that location. It’s very cold, obviously, to be in the water this time of year, so there is always the concern of hypothermia, or he could be injured in some way. But it appears that he is doing OK.”Bedford police said a video taken by witnesses of last week’s theft helped identify and track down Alvarado. The video showed a man fleeing a store on a white moped. Officials said Alvarado is wanted on an active warrant out of Bedford for unarmed robbery and might now face additional charges.

A man who jumped into the Merrimack River and made his way into a drainpipe Thursday, allegedly to avoid Manchester police, has been taken into custody, police said.

One week after allegedly stealing a woman’s purse in a Bedford store, Manchester police spotted the suspect.

Police said the man ran away from officers trying to take him into custody around 1 p.m. in the area of Blaine and Second streets and later jumped into the Merrimack River before getting inside the drainpipe.

Manchester police and firefighters worked to coax the man out of the drainpipe, using a loudspeaker to talk to him while lowering a ladder into the pipe.

Police said the man, identified as Jorge Guzman Alvarado, 49, climbed out of the pipe after about 90 minutes and was taken to a hospital.

“From what I understand, he was able to stand up in there, so he wasn’t in too much water,” said Heather Hamel, of the Manchester Police Department. “But he swam to that location. It’s very cold, obviously, to be in the water this time of year, so there is always the concern of hypothermia, or he could be injured in some way. But it appears that he is doing OK.”

Bedford police said a video taken by witnesses of last week’s theft helped identify and track down Alvarado. The video showed a man fleeing a store on a white moped.

Officials said Alvarado is wanted on an active warrant out of Bedford for unarmed robbery and might now face additional charges.

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