Real Life Somerville Police Stories: John POTTER (Defraud Restaurant)

On 3/15/2019, while assigned to marked unit East-1, I responded to 233 Highland Ave for reports of a dispute. Officer Nevin also responded. Upon our arrival we were met by the RP and Employee, XXXX. XXXX stated that a customer had come in, ordered 42 dollars worth of food and then could not pay for it. She stated they asked this party to leave several times but would not. When he did leave he walked across the street to the Somerville Hospital. XXXX pointed him out to us. The party, Mr. John Potter who I am very familiar with from previous interactions, including this same day, as he was the main focus for two other calls, was walking into the building. We walked up to Mr. Potter and Officer Nevin placed him in handcuffs. I explained that he was being placed under arrest for the charge of defrauding an innkeeper. Mr. Potter then stated that he had a 100 dollar bill in the pocket of his jacket to pay for the food. When the 100 dollar bill could not be located, Mr. Potter accused me of taking it from him earlier in the day. He then told Officer Nevin a few minutes later that it was actually five twenty dollar bills. Mr. Potter was being argumentative and loud, causing several people walking by to stop. I requested for unit 200, the prisoner transport vehicle to transport Mr. Potter back to the station. Mr. Potter was transported and booked in the usual manner.
I will be attaching a photo of the receipt from the restaurant to this report.
I will be filing the charge of defrauding an innkeeper.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Christopher Fusco #328

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