Loud music complaint leads to rooftop escape, scuffle, injured officer, and arrest

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MANCHESTER NH — A wanted man is in custody after allegedly fleeing police early Friday morning in an incident that led to a rooftop escape, a brief scuffle with another resident after the man jumped through his window to evade police, and ultimately left a police officer injured.

At about 12:25 a.m. on Sept. 27 Manchester Police responded to 156 Orange St., Apt. 7, for a loud music complaint. Officers Canada Stewart, Garrett Bombard and Alexandros Hondros observed several people arguing inside of the common hallway, so they began speaking with the parties involved. A man standing on the second-floor hallway landing fled inside of apartment #7 when Officer Stewart attempted to speak with him.

The man who fled was identified as William Farnsworth, 25,  no fixed address. A female opened the door after several minutes and spoke with the officers while Officer Hondros spoke with witnesses outside of the address and identified Farnsworth. The officers realized Farnsworth had an outstanding warrant for criminal trespassing, so they attempted to locate him inside of the apartment.

Farnsworth fled the apartment and attempted to evade capture by hiding on the roof. A short time later, he kicked in an air conditioning unit in apartment #4 and engaged in a brief struggle with the 55-year-old man who resided inside of the apartment. Farnsworth fled apartment #4 and once again refused to stop for Officer Stewart as he ran down the stairs of the common hallway, which led to an exterior door.

Officers Bombard and Stewart attempted to place handcuffs on Farnsworth inside the narrow hallway, but he escaped their grasp and ran through the exterior door. Officer Stewart sustained a serious injury to her hand while struggling with Farnsworth who fled from the officers.

Farnsworth ran outside of the apartment and engaged in another struggle with additional officers. Farnsworth remained combative until a department-issued Taser was deployed. He was placed into custody and transported to a local hospital after he claimed to have a medical issue. He was eventually cleared from the hospital and brought back to the Manchester Police Department to complete the booking process.

Officer Stewart was also treated at a local hospital for her injury and is expected to miss work for an undetermined period of time.

Farnsworth was charged with burglary for unlawfully entering apartment #4, three counts of resisting arrest/detention, simple assault and criminal mischief for damaging a door inside of the apartment building. He is scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on September 28, 2018.

All arrested subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty following due process.

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