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Meriden Man Offers Stamford Cop $45 To Watch Concert; Offer Refused

Stamford Police arrested a Meriden man who refused to leave a rooftop during Alive@Five.
Stamford Police arrested a Meriden man who refused to leave a rooftop during Alive@Five. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Meriden man offered a Stamford police officer $45 if he could stay on a rooftop in order to continue watching the Alive@Five concert on Thursday night when officers came to disperse a large group of people atop the building at 66 Summer St.

The officer didn’t bite and instead told the man he and others who were not residents had to leave, police said. While the others complied, police said John Duarte, 36, of 112 Milton Drive, Meriden, refused to do so.

When an officer attempted to handcuff him, Duarte didn’t cooperate and a second officer had to help with the handcuffs, police said.

Duarte was charged with simple trespass and interfering with an officer.

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