A man was arrested Monday after he allegedly stole a magazine from the Johnson City Public Library, becoming combative and belligerent toward library staff and threatening police, according to a police report.
Police charged Mark A. Littlejohn, 37, with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he had reportedly attempted to leave the library after walking out with the magazine. Police said Littlejohn was “screaming profanity repeatedly” and aggressively flailing his arms as they tried to handcuff him, at which point he began to resist.
Littlejohn allegedly told one of the officers that he had pepper spray and reached into his pocket before he was handcuffed, police said.
Once Littlejohn was handcuffed, police said he continued to curse and threaten the officers, while accusing them “of racist, ‘Rodney King’ tactics.”
Police said Bob Swaney, JCPL director, banned Littlejohn from the library and told officers that he was unsure if the magazine had been checked out or stolen. Swaney reportedly told police Littlejohn had refused to allow library staff to check if the magazine had been checked out.
Littlejohn was being held in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $1,500 bond pending an appearance in Sessions Court on Monday at 9 a.m.