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Armed robbery, police chase and home invasion stuns small NH town

HAMPSTEAD, N.H. — Just after 2 a.m. on Monday morning, workers at the Extra Mart in Hampstead tell Boston 25 that the gas station was robbed by a man with gun.

He took off, but police soon spotted his car and pursued him.

They lost him, but a short time later, at about 2:40 a.m., police responded to an armed home invasion nearby on Wellington Drive. They found the car they’d chased in the driveway of that home.

Police have now identified the suspects as 39-year-old Jose Robles and his fiancee 37-year-old Camille Knox.

Both have last known addresses in Massachusetts.

“I would never think anybody would ever come to Hampstead, N.H. of all places and rob it.”

Guy Martin makes deliveries in town and is familiar with people on that street and at the gas station.

“Oh absolutely. Everybody here in this area. It’s very friendly,” said Guy Martin who is a delivery man.

The home invasion led to a stand-off with police.

Robles reportedly tried to leave several times in the homeowner’s vehicle, holding a gun to the head of a person who lived there.

Eventually, the family, including children and a grandmother, were able to escape.

Investigators tell us Knox also left on her own, telling officers that Robles was under the influence of cocaine and meth. And that the couple is homeless.

Police say it all ended at about 4:30 a.m. after they say robles took pills and passed out.

“It’s very uncommon. It’s very rare that something like that would happen in this area. Again, it’s a tight community; everybody kind of knows each other,” said Martin.

Police later learned the gun that Robles used was actually a BB gun.

The couple will face a judge in a New Hampshire courtroom on Tuesday morning.

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