Police searching for armed man in Rochester, NH

ROCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) - A Walmart and strip mall in Rochester, New Hampshire were evacuated Sunday night after police received a report of an armed man in the nearby woods.

Police responding to the Route 11 area about 5 p.m. Sunday say they received a report of a man with a rifle seen near the rear of the Walmart parking lot at 116 Farmington Rd.

The suspect, Christopher L. Thomas, 27, has prior warrants for arrest, including three warrants for criminal threatening and four warrants for theft, according to police.

Thomas is believed to be contained in the area of the woods along The Ridge development. He is described as a white male in his 20s with a beard, standing 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.

Nearby residents are being asked to remain indoors.

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