The following information was supplied by the Monroe Police Department. No arrested person is guilty until so judged in a court of law.
Arrest for Interfering
A Shelton Road man was arrested for interfering with a police officer Wednesday after allegedly setting fire to a TV set behind his home at around 4:52 p.m., according to the report.
Police said the property is near the Monroe/Shelton town lines, so Shelton officers and firefighters were already on the scene in response to several fire calls when Monroe officers had arrived.
There were flames in back of the house and the homeowner, Aristides Medeiros, 59, had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on him as he was being led away in handcuffs, police said.
Monroe officers took over, because the property is in their town. Police said Medeiros told them his TV blew up inside the house, so he took it outside, poured gasoline on it and lit it.
According to police, when Shelton officers arrived Medeiros allegedly was confrontational and attempted to push and tackle a Shelton officer, leading to his arrest.
When Monroe officers placed him in a patrol car, police said Medeiros was screaming and kicking the doors, threatening to kick out the window.
Medeiros reportedly calmed down at headquarters, was processed and released on $500 bond for a Jan. 18 court date.