Police grant Florida man’s arrest wish

Posted July 20, 2011, at 10:17 p.m.
Last modified July 21, 2011, at 6:02 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police arrested a former Florida man on a criminal trespass charge early Tuesday evening after he allegedly refused to leave a Bangor convenience store.

Edgar Stanhope, 43, reportedly would not leave Hammond-Ohio Street Variety because he wanted to spend the night there, Bangor police Lt. Jeff Millard said Wednesday, citing an arrest report. Millard said Stanhope recently had been staying at the Hope House, a homeless shelter on Indiana Avenue.

“He told the manager he wasn’t going to leave,” Millard said. “He asked that police be called to arrest him because he wanted to stay at the Hilton,” referring to Penobscot County Jail.

Police complied and arrested Stanhope, who since has been released on bail.

According to Florida law enforcement websites, Stanhope was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office last month for trespassing. Last September, he was arrested for violating Palm Beach County’s open container ordinance.

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