Man Accused of Stalking Woman From His Plane

New Hampshire man has been known to throw tomatoes from the windows, witnesses say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 4, 2023 6:00 PM CDT
Man Accused of Stalking Woman From His Plane
A Cessna small plane is pictured.   (Getty Images/GGanna)

A man has been accused of stalking a woman in New York via his small airplane, flying out of an airport in nearby Vermont, police said. Michael Arnold, 65, was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday in Bennington, Vermont. He was arrested Tuesday as he was driving into the William H. Morse State Airport in town, per the AP. Police said his single-engine Cessna 180 was at the airport and he had been flying from there. Arnold, of Manchester, New Hampshire, had been served with a temporary order of protection from a court in Saratoga, New York, in May. A specific condition of that order was that he "cease and desist from flying any and all aircraft while the order remains in effect," Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette said in a news release.

Police had been notified by the FBI in Albany that New York authorities had been investigating Arnold on suspicion of stalking the woman in Schuylerville, about 30 miles away from the Bennington airport, for several years, Doucette said. "Officers were able to determine that Arnold was in fact flying his airplane from the William H. Morse State Airport and last seen flying west toward New York several days earlier," Doucette said. Witnesses claim Arnold flew "dangerously low" over Schuylerville just days after the court order was put in place, per WRGB. They also say he's thrown tomatoes out the plane's windows. He was charged Tuesday with aggravated stalking, impeding, false information to a police officer, and resisting arrest, Doucette said. He posted $5,000 bail.

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