Man who started fire on rail trail challenged responding officers to a fight

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MANCHESTER, NH – A city man who allegedly started a fire on the rail trail just off Willow Street was arrested, after he challenged responding police officers to a fight.

On April 15, 2017, police responded to the rear of Motorcycles of Manchester, 98 Willow St., just after 7 p.m. for a report of fire on the rail trail. Officer Brian Karoul of the Community Policing Division responded with patrol officers due to his familiarity with the property, which is owned by Boston and Maine Railroad Corporation.

Manchester Fire crews extinguished the fire set by the individuals on scene, which included Michael Seiders, 33, no fixed address, and two women who were with him. The women were released from the scene without charges.

Seiders became confrontational with police and challenged them to a fight, refusing to comply with the officers as they attempted to place him into custody. He is charged with resisting arrest/detention and criminal trespass. Seiders was scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on April 18, 2017.

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