ROCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE (WGME) – Known in town as an aggressive panhandler. Police in Maine and New Hampshire are sending out a warning about a man they said is harassing people for money.
He may be the most famous person in Rochester, a man who’s now making a name for himself in surrounding communities. People here who’ve had run-ins with him say he’s a local panhandler who is nothing but a nuisance.
Ralph Dibernardo, Jetpack Comics, said “Nobody likes to run into him. Nobody’s happy to see him. But everybody knows who he is.”
Ralph Dibernardo owns a comic book store in downtown Rochester. He said he’s fed up with this man, Evan Post, who police said has a habit of grabbing people when he panhandles. Dibernado stated “He’s what they refer to as an aggressive panhandler.”
Luke Kyle said Post often claims he needs money for his pregnant wife. He added “If I have my calculations right, his wife is on her 87th trimester.”
Kyle said he’s seen Post’s latest moneymaking tactic firsthand, riding a bicycle into moving cars. he stated “And the instant a car starts coming, he’ll jet out.”
And just this afternoon, police say a local business accused Post of shoplifting. Capt. Jason Thomas said “Apparently he committed shoplifting in Somersworth.”
Evan Post said “No. I didn’t do no shoplifting.” We spotted Post hitchhiking. He claimed we were harassing him. He said “Why you guys recording me?”
WGME Reporter Brad Rogers responded “A lot of people in downtown Rochester have been complaining about you.” To which Post walks away.
Capt. Thomas stated “He just has this knack of never quitting to the point of almost harassment. But the problem we’ve run into is a lot of people don’t want to get involved.”
People said Posts’ actions should no longer be tolerated.
Kyle said “People are like ‘why aren’t the police locking him up?’ The police can’t lockup someone for doing something if it’s not reported.”
Kurt Jackson a downtown Rochester landlord stated “When you have a gentleman like that, or not a gentleman at all, someone yelling at customers, local business owners, whatever because they won’t give him money or food, that’s a big problem for this area. He needs to go.”
Evan Post is scheduled to be arraigned next week on charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. One condition of his bail is that he not enter the City of Rochester unless it’s a medical emergency or at the request of the police department.