Police Chief makes arrest after man threatens couple on Elm Street

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MANCHESTER, NH – At around 7:30 a.m. on April 24 Chief Carlo Capano was made aware of a man yelling at people on Elm Street. Chief Capano was in an unmarked car wearing a full uniform when he encountered the man, later identified as Flint Swett, 47.

Swett was allegedly yelling at a man and woman walking down Elm Street. When Swett began to run toward the couple and make a fist, Chief Capano immediately exited his vehicle. Swett was allegedly screaming profanities and making threats towards the couple. Chief Capano told Swett to back away from the couple, but Swett continued to yell, and did not back down, according to police.

Chief Capano attempted to arrest Swett but Swett pulled away and allegedly refused to be arrested. Swett attempted to walk away from Chief Capano despite repeated orders for him to comply with the arrest.  Chief Capano utilized an “arm bar takedown” on Swett and managed to place him into custody after he was on the ground.

Swett suffered a small abrasion above his left eye during the arrest and was cleared on scene by AMR ambulance before being transported to police headquarters.

Swett was charged with criminal threatening, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.