With his dog by his side, sometimes with a sign declaring the dog's been "rescued from death row," a Branford man known to solicit roadside donations to assist himself and his pooch, describing both as "hungry and homeless," has been arrested for heroin possession.
Branford police described the man, identified as 63 year-old Lawrence Hayden of Branford, as a "fixture" at the intersection of Cedar and North Main Street. Hayden's arrest took place in Branford on Oct. 15 just after 5 p.m. The following information is from a Branford Police press release:
Lawrence Hayden (DOB 7/2/1950) of 183 North Main Apt. #8, Branford, was taken into [custody]after he was found in possession of ten (10) bags of heroin. Investigating Officers Marc Andrew and Dominic Eula interviewed Hayden who told them that he purchased the heroin with funds that were given to him earlier in the day by motorists.
Police Chief Kevin Halloran warns the public of road side solicitors, “In many cases roadside solicitors are motivated by drugs and use deception to play on the hearts of our law abiding and generous citizen.” The Chief continued, “Be cautious of those collecting funds for food and shelter as our community has a number of excellent social service program that provide those basic needs.”
Hayden was charged with Possession of Narcotics and released on a Promise to Appear in New Haven Court on October 29, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.