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Police: 'Aggressive' hotel mopping led to arrest

John Thornton's alleged "aggressive" mopping at the Double Tree Hotel in Bristol, Conn., led to his arrest for breach of peace.

By Ben Hooper
Police: 'Aggressive' hotel mopping led to arrest
"Aggressive" mopper arrested at hotel. (UPI/Shutterstock/Martin Haas)

BRISTOL, Conn., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- An incident that began with a Connecticut man's "aggressive" mopping at a hotel ended with the man's arrest, police said.

Bristol police said officers responded to a report of a disturbance at the Double Tree Hotel at 6:27 p.m. Monday and learned John Thornton, 30, had become "unruly" and swiped a mop from a female employee.

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A police news release said Thornton "began to mop the floor but became more aggressive and mopped over the employee's shoes several times."

The worker asked Thornton to stop, but he "turned his back to the employee and forcibly backed into her pushing her into a corner," police said.

The woman was "shaken and crying" when police arrived and she told officers she wanted to press charges.

Police said Thornton shouted insults, expletives and threats at officers. He was arrested on charges of breach of peace in the second degree and threatening in the second degree.

It was unclear whether Thornton was staying at the hotel at the time of the incident. The motives for his mopping were unknown Wednesday.

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