Manchester police: Man had knife, marijuana, resisted arrest
MANCHESTER - City police arrested a man Wednesday after they said he engaged in a physical confrontation with an officer.
Police said Ricky Hartford, 32, of Manchester, was walking in the parking lot of Bagel Cafe at 8:50 a.m. when two officers saw him making erratic movements with his hands and pointing at a vehicle in the parking lot.
The officers were not sure whether Hartford was about to engage in a physical confrontation so they approached him as he entered a 2011 Honda Accord.
Police said they noticed a large knife on the passenger seat of the running vehicle and a smaller knife in Hartford's right front pocket and asked Hartford to step out of the vehicle.
Hartford refused, police said, and began reaching for his pocket. Officer Thomas Whelan then grabbed him and ordered him to show his hands.
Police said Hartford again refused while reaching for his pocket, prompting Whelan and Officer Adam Beland to remove him from the vehicle.
Police said they found a box cutter knife in the pocket Hartford was reaching for and a small bag of marijuana.
Hartford was charged with resisting arrest and possession of a controlled drug before being released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
He is due in court April 29.