Naked Man Causes Scare at Wendy's

Robert Mitchell is facing disorderly conduct charges after Saturday's incident.

Police arrested a Manchester man Saturday after he wandering into the Wendy's on Broad Street naked and intoxicated and screamed and cursed at restaurant staff and police. 

According to Manchester Police Cpt. Christopher Davis, Robert Mitchell, of 330 Center St., "staggered" out of the woods behind the Wendy's at 260 Broad St. at approximately 6:04 p.m. Saturday night naked and intoxicated. Davis said Mitchell then entered the restaurant naked, and screamed at staff to call 911. 

When police arrived a short time later, Davis said Mitchell was "wearing a pair of shorts that were 8 to 10 sizes too large for him" and staggering back towards the woods. Mitchell disobeyed police orders and screamed and cursed at the officers as well, Davis said. 

Mitchell was charged with breach of peace and held on a $1,000 bond. 

Frank September 12, 2012 at 07:55 PM
steve, can we also be honest about "reporting crimes" please. Last time I called to report a homeless gentleman starting a fire in my neighbors back yard the police told me to go find out what he was doing and for me to go tell him to stop, this is not an issue the police want to deal with but let's not pretend that the police are the victims in all this, it is their job. Also yes trespassing is a crime and yes the people can be arrested daily or if you would like the landowners can be fined daily for blight and negligence however nothing ever happens but the blame game. Meanwhile we get a public health hazard and continued plummeting of property values. I know it can't be easy to be a police officer in Manchester and most of our officers could go and get a job in glastonbury or farmington and have less work and get paid more and have been benefits and leadership but again people should not be living in the woods behind wendys. That is the bottom line. Its illegal for the occupy people to have tent cities and the police drag them out but somehow it is legal for people to live in the woods behind wendys for 15 years? I don't buy it. People like to leave them in the woods because it is the cheapest and easiest option---the Manchester option. Could I let homeless people live on my front lawn in tents for 15 years legally if I felt like it? That would be legal? Come on.
Steven Manchester September 12, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Frank, I"m still looking for the CGS for which you believe these people can be arrested? The homeless are not trespassing, so cannot be charged with such. If you feel their is an issue of blight, then direct the complaint to the health inspector and/or the building inspector with the town of Manchester - they are the departments that would enforce the violations you are referencing.... not every complaint that citizens have are the responsibility of the police department. You write that "people don't have the freedom to just be disasters in a parking lot"... this man WASN'T given that right - he was arrested for it (that's what this article is about)... so I don't see your point there. The police did their job in arresting this man - now it is up to the court system to do its job. By the way - arrest by a police officer is most certainly by his discrection - except in the following cases: family violence, murder, DUI, passing a school bus, or crime against a minor or mentally impaired person that cannot make decisions on their own.... but maybe you know of something I don't. And weren't the tent cities you reference in PUBLIC spaces? I repeat - this land is owned by Nutmeg - when the day comes that they want the homeless off their land, I bet MPD will be the first to help get them moving.
Frank September 12, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Oh I guess you are right steven, the hands of the bod and Mpd are tied and we are helpless as a community to do anything about this problem, how convenient and how low cost. I guess we should give up and move to Bolton, our only hope It's funny though that when interviewed for a Hartford courant article in the winter nutmeg said they didn't want the homeless there and the MPD said that if nutmeg wanted them gone then it was their job to cut down all the trees on the land and/or put up lights. This doesn't seem like nutmeg Is giving permission or the MPD is chopping at the bit to clear out the area. If this is an issue of public land versus private land then let's talk About the homeless camps on the former Cheney railroad (town owned land) and why they have remained for years as well. Are there homeless camp cities in every town? If not what is happening In other towns that prevent these situations? What do other governments do? Also yeah they guy was arrested once he stumbled drunk out of tent city and went into Wendy's, I get that, the bigger issue is why can't we be more proactive as a community to prevent crimes and provide care for people in homelessness in our community. We are not helpless bystanders. Is it legal for me to deficate on my front lawn everyday? Is there no CSS or town regulation related to this? Why must we sit back and not address the public health hazards and crimes that exist/happen in and around our various tent cities?
Frank September 12, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Can the police and emts not see the condition people are living in in tent city when they respond to calls? You are telling me the town has to wait to receive complaints for community members before they can "do anything" I mean seriously this is crazy talk. The town government, nutmeg, and the citizens who live in town are not working together to make our community member, this is clear from your "we can't do anything until" rhetoric.
Frank September 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Oh well nobody complained to the health department so I guess this bucket of feces in a grocery store parking lot is cool.
Frank September 12, 2012 at 11:36 PM
John Holt, chief executive officer of Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union, says Tent City residents come through the credit union's lot on Broad Street, often visibly drunk, sometimes shouting and fighting. They are disruptive and especially worrisome to a financial institution that serves customers carrying deposits and making ATM withdrawals, Holt said. The credit union owns about 1 1/2 acres off Broad Street, including the Tent City property, spokeswoman Lisa Asadourian wrote in an email. "Quite honestly, I would like them removed from there, but I'm not an inhumane person," Holt said. - Hartford Courant 4/15/2012 Does this seem like the people in tent city have "permission" to be there?
Frank September 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Police Chief Marc Montminy said that officers are called to Tent City on complaints that include larceny and domestic violence. "This is a population that's often victimized," Montminy said. "They're out there trying to get away from people, and if they're not seen or heard, people pass them by." The property owners, Montminy said, could deter squatting and trespassing by posting signs, installing lights and complaining whenever there's a problem that calls for a police response. "If they're on private property and the property owners aren't complaining or posting, it makes it very difficult for the police to do anything about it," he said. Town General Manager Scott Shanley and Mark Pellegrini, the town's director of neighborhood services and economic development, said that town officials discussed Tent City recently with affected property owners, including representatives of Wendy's restaurant and Nutmeg State. "The property owners are sensitive that it could be a problem and it is trespassing," Pellegrini said. "On the other hand, these are folks who have a certain special set of needs, who are in difficult circumstances." Hartford Courant 4/15/2012 This is interesting, our town manager admits it is trespassing, what is the CGS on trespassing again?
Greg September 12, 2012 at 11:44 PM
With all due respect guys, why don't you take your concerns to the policy makers in town. You seem to have time to share your opinions so why not spend it in trying to make change happen rather than talk about change to the limited audience here? Sounds like the town needs policies not laws to help the folks you all rightfully care about.
Steven Manchester September 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Frank, it is clear you are an armchair quarterback... get out there and do something about it if you're so concerned. You have zero idea what the police, EMTs and first responders in our town do - and you don't care to know, it would disqualify YOUR rhetoric...
Steven Manchester September 13, 2012 at 12:48 AM
ps - the town manager is not a cop and doesn't know statutes... Hey! just like you!
Frank September 13, 2012 at 01:10 AM
It is wrong to let people live in the woods behind wendys, our town government can do something about the situation. I don't understand why you can't admit that. You are being defensive for some weird reason, I'm saying over and over again that one of the main reasons this area should be cleaned up is that it is dangerous for the people living there AND THE RESPONDERS SUCH AS EMT AND MPD. I do actually do something about this which is donating to MACC and contacting my town and state representatives to voice my concerns. I think that is enough, oh and yes I have actually talked with police officers and EMTs about the area and all of the ones I have talked to about it don't think it is safe or should be there. Its a weird anger, we have a government and its job is to protect the citizenry, in this case it isn't and so I say so. Unless you are the town manager, the police chief, a member of the BOD or the owner of nutmeg I'm not attacking your behavior. If you are one of those people I suggest you are not behaving appropriately in your actions in response to the tent cities.
Frank September 13, 2012 at 01:14 AM
For the record engaging in a conversation about our local government (which is given power by the consent of its citizens) while being a citizen in town isn't being an arm chair quarterback as I am on the team. Yeah maybe my role is more like the kicker or something but still I'm on the team!
Frank September 13, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I've done that--- I have received the same kind of answers, it's someone else's fault, we can't do anything until someone else does something first, we don't have the resources (aka don't want to devote the resources) to deal with the situation. I also donate to MACC which sends folks out to tent city to try and convince people to accept treatment.
Frank September 13, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Also I misquoted, I said town manager said it was trespassing, I just looked again, it was the town's director of neighborhood services and economic development that said that, my bad.
Jon Crickmore September 13, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Steven. I'm stupid ? real stupid ? I see your comments about me being stupid got deleted. Hmmmmm. No Steven i have never been on a ride along with you or any of your friends. I have ridden in the back of the car if that counts. You have so much to say to so many people you don't know yet you choose to hide behind some made up name. Whats wrong you don't want to get reprimanded so you don't use your real name ? Steven you know nothing about me or Mr Robert Mitchell AKA Charlie. I met Charlie many years ago and he in fact lived in my house not my back yard for 2 years. Charlie like many of the people you call creeps have mental; disabilities much like yourself. Unfortunately Charlie has had many struggles over the years and looks like he is once again going in the wrong direction, like many people who suffer from disabilities. I have no need to validate myself to you Steven. But since I'm so stupid i ill do it anyway. At one point in time i had 9 recovering alcoholics/Drug addicts (CREEPS) living in my house. I was part of an early release program (for non violent offenders) set up with the DOC (Department Of Corrections) but you already new that. Anyway for 5 yrs i worked with DOC parole officers courts etc. This program was very successful for some individuals and a free ride for others. But like all good things it had to end. Once the state took away the funding there was nowhere for these people to go. Including Charlie.
Jon Crickmore September 13, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Thank you Mr Moran for letting this stray off topic. If at the very least we got a few people talking about problems that plague this town and many others. Maybe this back and fourth will some how bring some much needed awareness to the daily struggles that many people aside from Steven have to deal with. It's a sad time in America when people would rather hang the less fortunate instead of trying to help them out. I hope one day everyone can spend some time walking in the shoes of those they chose to turn there back on. For one day Steven i wish you the pain and suffering many of these citizens go threw on a daily basis. This is not about protecting criminals, blaming the police or city hall. Its about being a human being and standing up for whats right and not for whats popular. Steven before i go to bed i will look in the mirror and be proud of the person i see. Can you say the same ? The world needs leaders not followers. Frank please stop calling the game from your arm chair we need you on the field. lol
amanda September 13, 2012 at 02:02 AM
wow, all of you are nuts. This is a social justice problem that should and would be handled by our local churches. Pls reach out to them. Find peace in life. Amen
Frank September 13, 2012 at 02:19 AM
If I could crystalize my feelings about this issue into a single statement it would be: As a community we should not tolerate any of our citizens living in unsafe or unhealthy conditions and we should demand safe housing and appropriate healthcare of all folks in Manchester regardless of their wealth, mental health status, or criminal record. That is the bottom line for me.
Frank September 13, 2012 at 02:22 AM
MACC (manchester area council of churches) and others in the faith-based community are a huge source of help is this area but they don't have resources to handle the entire problem. Social Justice issues can and should be addressed by our local, state, and federal government.
Kevin John September 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM
So here is my form of activism for the day. Since Steven thinks commenting on the patch is playing the armchair quarterback, I've created a petition to get something done about the problem. If you are like minded by all means sign the petition. http://www.change.org/petitions/manchester-bod-manchester-pd-nutmeg-state-federal-credit-union-removal-of-tent-city-located-behind-nutmeg-and-wendy-s-parking-lot
Jon Crickmore September 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Kevin, Removing them from their current location does nothing. They will just move to a similar location. Nothing will be accomplished. They will just become a problem to their new neighbors. Unfortunately their is no 5 min fix to this problem.
Kevin John September 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Jon, I respect your view, but my hope is this small action will encourage bigger decision making from those two government agencies that have pretty much sitting on their hands. Recently I was exposed to a quote that I believe is very fitting for this situation, and all situations that seemingly have no solution or end within sight. Lao-Tzu a Confucianist about 2500 years ago said "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." This is my step.
Kevin John September 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM
No armchair here, I'm in the field!
Jon Crickmore September 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Kevin, I agree. You're trying to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. I just think this will become someone else s problem. I would hate to see these individuals make camp in a more residential setting. I would love to sign a petition asking the town and or state to come up with long term solutions to an ongoing problem.
Kevin John September 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Jon, I wrote it last night quickly, so excuse the draft like appearance. Maybe with the help of the manchester Patch community we can come up with a petition that encompasses the goodwill we wish to show these people. I however do not think petitioning the government with a solution to the problem will create the bottom line action that local residents and businesses desire. Maybe we could elaborate on second steps ie long term housing, Drug and addition counseling etc in the petition, but the bottom line is it creates and unsafe situation for all and we must rectify that asap. It is also the job of our government to respond to all of its citizens and to thoroughly think things through legally, ethically, financially even when its residents are focused on single goals. Respectfully, because of where I live, my single goal is to have them move away from me. My neighborhood, not just tent city, is over run with individuals using it as a thoroughfare, throwing garbage, lighting fires, and shitting in peoples yards, and campers too. Its not right, and it shouldn't be in my backyard, I don't have to worry about anyone else but me and my property. That comes first. I still believe in humane treatment for all, but take a dump in my yard, or try to start a fire next to my house and that pretty much goes out the window.
Jon Crickmore September 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Steven Manchester September 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Jon - what a aurpeise that you were once a passenger in the back seat.... this is such an odd website. I only found it b/c I googled the story about Mitchell to see what it was about. Also, Jon, I wasn't the one that used the words creeps to describe the homeless - YOU brought that into the equation and now keep using it... maybe your true feelings are coming out. I guess I was just surprised to see all the negative government/police/first responder rhetoric in these posts... it is so very sad.
Steven Manchester September 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Oh, and Jon..... yes, even a law-abiding citizen like me may still exercise his first amendment rights - even if I choose to remain anonymous - and even if a drug addict finds it offensive. Also, you're right - Mitchell doesn't belong in the woods - he belongs in jail. He made a CHOICE that night to get drunk and run into Wendy's naked - in front of children. Pity him? No, I choose accountability - you and your friends go ahead and continue to blame everyone else for his choices and actions - it makes it very easy for him to play the victim.
Steven Manchester September 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Thank you for allowing me to post - I have to get away from this site, so I won't be responding anymore. I think my posts were received as "angry" or "defensive" because they don't align with most others. The plan for tent city is to cut the trees, install lights and evict the campers towards the end of the Broad Street project - regardless of your "petition". I hope it happens - I most certainly don't want them there either. My point was, this is not our policemen's fault. The MPD street officer gets a relatively low salary for what they do and see, and then gets treated pretty crappy by the town and administration. Most of the cops I've come into contact with abhor tent city, but thier hands are tied. Why attack them when they're out there every night trying to keep the rest of us safe 24-7, weekends and holidays away from their family? Why do we give the campers the benefit of the doubt over the officers? Why find excuses for Mitchell when he attempts to fight an officer - when all that officer wants to do is protect the citizens and then go home safe to his family at the end of his shift? The cops are people... take that uniform off and they have homes with families and children. Most took this job with the hopes they could make this town a little better for the rest of us - and then they get attacked as "worthless" in these posts....?? Shame on us! Kevin, Jon and Frank - how about some petitioning to drum up neighborhood support for our officers and firemen?
Frank September 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM
I think we have pretty moderate support for officers and firemen in town, I mean the overtime to retirement plan seems pretty generous. I am not holding individual police officers accountable for homeless running amuck in town but as an organization the MPD hasn't done a good job on this issue, if you can't admit that it is the responsibility of the police department to enforce law and that currently our large homeless population isn't generally obeying the law then their is no point because you can't accept reason and/or logic. BOD and town is to blame for not enforcing building and health code, its just a fact. Its like achievement in our schools, it isn't where it needs to be so the BOE admits this and attempts to make things better, you don't hear them saying "there is nothing we can do, the kids come from poverty so what are we supposed to do? if the poorer families had never moved to town we would be fine, an imaginary plan is that one day they will move out of town and everything will be great". Instead they say, ok we have many challenges and so lets start trying solutions. This "plan" for tent city is to cut down trees and put up lights? This is private property how can the town plan to do this? You can't argue it's private property and then in the next breath say, oh well someday we will cut down the trees, crazy talk. Is this plan the same as the plan that one day an imaginary builder will come in and put a Blue Back Square at the South Parkade? Dreams not plans.


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