BANGOR, Maine — A local man who is known to police was arrested and charged with shoplifting early Monday after he allegedly attempted to leave Walmart without paying for a set of Sony headphones, Bangor police Lt. Steve Hunt said Tuesday.
Benjamin D. Hatfield, 23, was stopped by police at about 9:40 a.m. Monday and was arrested because “he became uncooperative,” the lieutenant said.
Hatfield was convicted of synthetic bath salts possession in February for an incident last year where police found him covered with his own blood, and he also was involved in the 2010 street fight in Bangor that ended with the shooting death of 19-year-old John “Bobby” Surles, according to Bangor Daily News archives.
“He has four, five or six arrests here,” Hunt said.
Hatfield testified in the March 2011 murder trial of Zachary Carr that he was involved in the Cumberland Street fight and saw Carr and a 17-year-old boy carrying guns just before his friend Surles was shot on Jan. 27, 2010. Surles died the next day at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Carr, now 21, was found guilty of murder last year and was sentenced to spend 35 years in prison. The state’s Supreme Judicial Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Carr’s appeal this week.
Hatfield was taken to Penobscot County Jail after his arrest and later was released, a jail official said Tuesday. He also was told not to return to Walmart for a year or be arrested for criminal trespassing, Hunt said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)