Manchester police arrest man for third time in 48 hours

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James Barton on Nov. 27, 2019. photo/Manchester Police Department

MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester Police report that they have arrested 45-year-old man James Barton three times in the past 48 hours.

In the early hours of Nov. 27, police spotted Barton on South Willow Street after being called to TGI Fridays. Police were informed by TGI Fridays employees that Barton, a former employee, had come into the restaurant and allegedly stolen a tablet.

After finding Barton, police asked him to stop. Barton did not comply and struggled with officers as they arrested him on charges of alleged theft, resisting arrest and bail violations.

Almost 24 hours earlier around 2 a.m. on Nov. 26, Barton allegedly refused to pay a bill for breakfast at the Red Arrow Diner on Lowell Street. He was ordered to leave by restaurant staff and police, but returned 15 minutes later and was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing and violation of bail conditions.

At 6:50 p.m. on Monday, Barton was asked to leave New Horizons Shelter by police after reports that he was being disruptive. Police asked him not to return for one year, but Barton returned two hours later. He was arrested for criminal trespassing.

Barton is now being held, awaiting a bail hearing on Friday morning.

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