A six-year-old girl and her mother were riding in a getaway car allegedly used by two Lowell men who tried, but failed, to rob a Manchester, N.H. convenience store Sunday, authorities said.
Police caught the car in a cash-only toll lane on the Everett Turnpike, where they arrested two Lowell men. Brian Cunneen, 22, was charged with armed robbery and John Hickey, 27, with criminal liability to armed robbery, Manchester police said in a statement.
A 22-year-old woman and her six-year-old daughter were also passengers of the car. As of Sunday night, the woman has not been charged or arrested, and police would not divulge her relationship to the suspects.
The arrests came after Cunneen allegedly brandished a handgun and demanded money from a female clerk at Crosstown Variety in Manchester. A customer who walked in on the robbery called police, and Cunneen allegedly fled empty-handed to a car waiting for him a few blocks away.
Police said they could not specify who was driving.
A different witness who called police followed the car on the highway, giving authorities updates on their location. Police caught up with the car just after the driver finished paying a cash toll in Bedford, N.H., according to authorities.
Cunneen and Hickey are being held until their arraignment in Manchester District Court set for Monday, police said. Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @JaclynReiss