Mitchell man arrested after violating a protective order

BEDFORD – A Mitchell man was arrested on a charge of invasion of privacy after he violated a protective order.

Samuel Payton

Bedford Police arrested 30-year-old Samuel Payton on a charge of invasion of privacy.

According to a probable cause affidavit on Saturday, April 30, 2022 while on regular patrol, a Bedford Police officer observed a maroon Ford Focus traveling east on 16th street in Bedford. The driver was Samuel Payton. The vehicle he was driving belonged to a female who had an active protective order filed against Payton. 

The officer stopped the vehicle stop in front of a residence near the intersection of 17th and P streets. The officer witnessed Payton exit the vehicle and confirmed the passenger was a female. The female then got into the driver’s seat of the vehicle and watched Payton walk away from the home. The officer stopped Payton.

Payton was detained. He told the officer that he and the female did not believe there was a  protective order because he had not been served with any court documents. He then changed his story and said he had been served but thought the protective order had been dropped. 

Another officer stopped the female’s vehicle on Washington Avenue. She denied that she had been with Payton when the officer questioned her.

The officer told the female the two had been seen together and she told the officer she had dropped the protective order.