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Polite Plumber – Not so Polite - Four Major Charges including Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer

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Dispute Over a Work Contract Leads Polite Plumber into Aggravated Assault on A Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Burglary, Theft and Obstruction Charges:

Officers were called to Dartmouth Trail on a report of a dispute. The tenant called the police because her landlord and the owner from the company "Polite Plumber" were having an argument. When the officers arrived, they spoke to Hughes and the landlord. They found that Hughes put in a boiler for the landlord but Hughes did not hook it up to the home.

The landlord already paid what was on the contract with his credit card. When the landlord found out that the boiler was not hooked up to the home, he contacted Hughes. The landlord had another plumber at the house doing other work. He told Hughes that he will just bill him for the other plumber to finish the job. Hughes said he would be right over. When Hughes arrived, an argument ensued between him and the landlord. Hughes went into the crawl space and took out the blower motor. He put it in the back of his truck because he thought the landlord would stop payment on his credit card.

Sgt. O'Shea attempted to tell Hughes that he had no right to enter the home and take the blower out of the boiler. Hughes would not listen. Ptl. Cirri advised Hughes to listen to what Sgt. O'Shea was saying. Hughes still would not listen and walked towards his drivers door. Officer Cirri advised him that he could be arrested. Hughes told the officers to arrest him. Hughes went to get into his truck. Officer Cirri told him that if he gets in, he will be arrested. Hughes again told the officers to arrest him as he got into his truck.

Officer Bruzzesse grabbed Hughes arm to arrest him. Hughes spun around on the officers. Hughes was pushed up against his truck. Hughes said "okay" and put his hands behind his back. Once the officers grabbed his hands, Hughes spun around again. During the struggle Officer Bruzzesse was pushed to the ground. He sustained an abrasion to his arm. Officer Cirri took Hughes to the ground to handcuff him. Hughes was arrested, taken to headquarters, processed, charged and later released. The blower was given back to the homeowner. The next day Mr. Hughes personally apologized to the officers.

This entire situation was purely because of anger. So many of our arrests come from people being emotionally overcharged and acting out. When you find yourself so mad that you are not thinking, you need to stop, think and breath deep. IE: road rage. There is absolutely no reason why a businessman needs to assault a police officer, get arrested and now have to go to court because of a simple contract dispute.

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