Man Arrested For Solicitation

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A 56-year-old male was arrested early on the morning of June 7 for enticing a woman for prostitution and disrupting customers at a restaurant in the 300 block of south Beeline Highway, Payson Police Commander Don Engler said.

According to Engler, the man threatened customers with a weapon he claimed to have in his possession.

The man fled after an employee called police.

Police followed the man, pulled over the vehicle he was driving and arrested him. He was booked into the Gila County Jail and charged with enticement of prostitution, threatening and intimidating, driving under the influence and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level of more than .08 percent.

The following day, June 8, police received a call from a business in the 200 block of West Main Street to report a stolen sign. Police said a neighbor of the 56-year-old man had seen the sign in the suspect's yard and called the business to report its whereabouts. The sign was found in the man's yard along with another sign from a business in the 700 block of West Main Street, police said.

Police added that the signs had been repainted for other advertising purposes.

The man was charged with two counts of theft and two counts of criminal damage.

He was cited and released.

Two days later, police pulled over the same man in the early hours of June 11. According to Engler, the man was driving under the influence. He was booked into Gila County Jail and is charged with driving under the influence and driving under the influence of drugs.

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