POLICE BEAT

Florida man arrested three times in a week

Posted July 25, 2011, at 8:47 p.m.
Last modified July 26, 2011, at 1 p.m.
Edgar Stanhope
Courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Edgar Stanhope

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police arrested a former Florida man on a criminal trespass charge last Tuesday evening, then got him for disorderly conduct on Thursday and on Saturday arrested him again on a criminal trespass charge.

Edgar Stanhope, 43, who recently had been staying at the Hope House, a shelter for people struggling with drugs and alcohol, reportedly would not leave Hammond-Ohio Street Variety on July 19, saying he wanted to spend the night there.

“He asked that police be called to arrest him because he wanted to stay at the Hilton,” referring to Penobscot County Jail, Bangor police Lt. Jeff Millard said last week.

On Thursday, Stanhope was visibly intoxicated and hanging out with several men at Norembega Park at around 9 p.m. and “he became argumentative” when approached by Officers Joe Page and Gary Decker, Edwards said. He was warned several times to calm down, but continued “swearing at the officers and being belligerent,” the sergeant said. He was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge and taken to jail.

On Saturday, Page and Decker found Stanhope asleep on a bench on Harlow Street at around 11:25 p.m. and basically “he rolled over and went back to sleep” after discovered, Edwards said. He was charged with criminal trespass and taken to jail, and since has been released.

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.

BDN reporter Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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