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Employees chase down man who ran out on bar tab, police say

June 25. 2013 2:20PM

MANCHESTER – A man who ran out on a $150 bar tab was chased down by employees and ultimately arrested by officers after he scaled a fence, police said.

The incident began about midnight at J.W. Hill's, 795 Elm St. Police said a group had run out on a $150 bar tab and two employees chased after them.

When 20 minutes had passed and the employees hadn't returned, the staff became concerned and called police.

Officers were checking the area when police received a second call telling them the employees were still chasing one of the customers and were in the area of Canal and Spring streets.

Police went there, found the two employees who pointed out a man who was trying to scale a fence near the railroad tracks.

The man hopped the fence, despite an officer telling him to stop, and then ran toward Bedford Street where he was detained by two other officers.

He was identified as Jason Bean, 29, of Epping, who police arrested for theft of services and resisting arrest.

According to a news release, Bean used his ID to open a tab for a small group of acquaintances with the promise that one of them was going to pay the tab. When the others left the bar, he left as well since he did not have the money to cover the bill, according to police.

The two employees followed and caught up to him a short distance from the restaurant. Police said he was supposed to lead them to his friends, but he suddenly took off near Canal and Spring streets, police said.


At his arraignment Tuesday morning in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, Bean pleaded innocent to both charges and trial was set July 29.  One of the conditions of Bean's $3,000 cash/surety bail bars him from returning to the restaurant.

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