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Manchester Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $165,500 in a Series of Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire

CONCORD – A Manchester man pleaded guilty in federal court to a bank robbery and Hobbs Act robberies in connection with four gas stations in New Hampshire, U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young announces.

Hector Rivera Ayala, 34, pleaded guilty to four counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of bank robbery. U.S. District Court Judge Elliott scheduled sentencing for August 1, 2023. Rivera Ayala was charged on May 14, 2021.

In December 2019, Rivera Ayala robbed four gas stations and one bank in Manchester, including Rapid Refill on Second Street; Brother’s Express Gas Station on Union Street; Shell Gas Station on Eddy Road; Shell Gas Station on Hanover Street; and the Bank of New England on Elm Street.  Each robbery was captured on video surveillance.  For each robbery, the defendant entered the gas station and bank with his face partially obscured and carrying what appeared to be a firearm.  Investigators recovered a shawl and a BB gun from the crime scene of one gas station.  The defendant’s DNA was found on the shawl.  In total, the defendant stole more than $5,500 from the gas stations and more than $160,000 from the bank.   

The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 and restitution. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Manchester Police Department led the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. Hunter is prosecuting the case.  


Updated April 18, 2023

Press Release Number: 2023-060