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East Arlington Man Charged with Saturday’s Armed Robbery

He was arrested by Arlington police Sunday morning.

Sean R. Harding. Photo credit: Arlington Police Department
Sean R. Harding. Photo credit: Arlington Police Department

An Arlington police officer on patrol Sunday morning arrested an East Arlington man, who allegedly robbed Ripples Hair Salon at knifepoint Saturday afternoon.

Sean R. Harding, 36, of 40 Margaret St., was arrested and charged with armed robbery. He is being held by Arlington police on $5,000 cash bail until his arraignment Monday morning in Cambridge District Court, according to an Arlington police release.

Harding allegedly entered the Arlington Center salon at 309 Broadway at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, during Arlington First Lights celebration, and demanded money from the cash register, while holding a knife in a threatening manner. Harding made off with more than $400, according to police.

The officer, T.J. Kelley, spotted Harding based on the suspect’s description, according to Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan.

“Unlike seen on television, serious crimes are more commonly solved by savvy police officers in the field talking to people of the neighborhood”, Ryan said in a statement. “This was good old fashioned police work, the kind that municipal police officers do every day in communities all over this Commonwealth.”

When Harding was being taken into custody, Saturday’s victim was brought to the scene and positively identified him, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, but police said they have recovered a knife possibly used in the robbery. Police are also trying to determine if Harding was involved in any other crimes over the weekend. 

Jack corrigan December 08, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Great work APD
Nana23 December 08, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Very well done, it is good old fashioned Police work.
Old Lady December 08, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Great job!
Mark Kaepplein December 08, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Two quick arrests in a row for APD - Ottoson taxi, now this. Did people at Right Turn know the suspect?
Zoltan December 08, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Somebody dimed him to the cops. Confidential Informants (aka snitches) have always been an essential part of "good old-fashioned police work" but they usually refrain from saying so, especially in a press release.
Lynne December 08, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Every report of anything criminal turns the comments towards Right Turn and/or Germaine Lawrence. Right-turn is people who are trying to get well. Germaine Lawrence is helping to mold young girls into responsible adulthood. Both endeavors promoting transition to produce healthy contributing members of society. I support programs helping young people, and people making an honest effort to turn their lives around. Don't you? The other alternative is lifetime dependency at the expense of taxpayers. News flash: Mayberry is non-existent, ditch the rose-colored glasses and shed the classist NIMBY attitude.
Mark Kaepplein December 08, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Yes, both places take on people with steeper uphill battles than Tom Brady in a fourth quarter. My point was that Mr. Harding looks like he may have faced some substance issues and a need for cash could mean he fell off the (Right Turn) wagon after they have tried to help him. Perhaps he moved to Arlington to be closer to his support network.
Eileen December 09, 2013 at 08:30 AM
So proud of our Arlington Police!!!!!
Daily Optic December 09, 2013 at 09:48 AM
He is a local man with a criminal history from a large family that used to live East Arlington.
Atowns finest December 09, 2013 at 11:41 AM
There is nothing good about Right Turn.. Not only does it draw the worst drug addicts around to hang out in the center, but 90% of the people who go there, are only trying to find new connections for drugs.
Atowns finest December 09, 2013 at 11:42 AM
People who want to get better go to AA not NA
PeopleCanChange December 09, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Get a clue on what your talking about! Don't discourage people from NA ! These people are trying to better themselves and get help. Whether it be AA ,NA etc. Right Turn is a place to help with addiction and every single person here has someone whether it b a family member or friend that is struggling with addiction. And these places can help. You Don't knock a place trying to make a difference.
Mark Kaepplein December 09, 2013 at 02:54 PM
I have never felt fearful or intimidated walking past Right Turn when people and some parked motorcycles have been outside. Just seemed like friendly people chatting. If Mr. Harding was from east Arlington, its not like RT attracted someone new to town.
Lynne December 09, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Yup, he's homegrown. Atown - your statement regarding 90% of people going to Right-turn to make dealer connections proves your ignorance. You should start an IA program (Idiots Anonymous).
Susan Ruderman December 09, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Right Turn is first and foremost a business--and a rather successful one, with sales approaching or now exceeding $800K. Let's not confuse it with a church or some other pure nonprofit helping the poor. Not everybody who is in court-ordered treatment wants to get well. And dealers can find a ready-made market for their product at NA meetings. There is plenty of money to be made at both ends of the trade.
Zoltan December 09, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Right Turn's founder & CEO is Woody Giessmann, drummer for the Del Fuegos.
PeopleCanChange December 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM
U have obviously never been a part of the AA/NA program or stepped foot in any type of place like right turn so maybe u should keep ur mouth shut about stuff u have no experience with .cause u sound stupid. I have 5 yrs sober and it wouldn't have been possible without the foundation and support from NA and AA!!!! And just saying ,I've never seen a dealer step foot in a mttg to sell drugs. That doesn't go over well with people who facilitate and participate in these mttgs.. Bottom line it's people like you who can't keep their negative opinions to their self, that continue to perpetuate the negative ideas associated with addiction!

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