A Clinton man was arrested Wednesday after police surrounded his house, two days after police say he fled when an officer tried to arrest him on marijuana and arson charges.

James Simonson, 54, of Main Street, was arrested Wednesday shortly after noon for allegedly cultivating marijuana at his Clinton residence.

Police surrounded Simonson’s home and he came out in handcuffs a half hour after their arrival.

“We took precautionary measures,” Clinton Police Chief Craig Johnson said. “The person we were going after is a runner.”

Johnson said an officer went to Simonson’s home to arrest him Monday, but Simonson took off running and couldn’t be caught.

Wednesday, police got a tip he was back at the house. Johnson said Simonson was taken into custody without incident.

Simonson was also wanted by the state fire marshal’s office on an arson charge stemming from a fire on Main Street in Clinton last April.

Simonson was being held on a probation hold at the Kennebec County jail, Johnson said.

Jesse Scardina — 861-9239

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