Alleged disorderly conduct at bus station caught on video

Nathan Baker • Apr 2, 2019 at 6:35 PM

A man arrested at the Johnson City Transit Center Monday night after police said he drunkenly vandalized the bus station ticket counter was caught on a witness’ video threatening staff and bystanders.

Police said Kevin S. Chapman, 46, 202 W. Fairview Ave., became violent when bus station staff told him he could not board a bus because he was intoxicated. Chapman allegedly broke a portion of the counter and glass covering the bus station’s rules.

Video shot by a witness shows Chapman climbing over the ticket counter while cursing a man behind it who is talking on the phone. It appears Chapman is demanding money from the man.

After throwing something at the man from the doorway of a darkened room, Chapman then turns his attention to the man filming him.

That man, David Wharton, contacted the Johnson City Press Tuesday while riding a bus toward Kansas City and provided the video he shot.

Once Chapman climbs back over the counter, he is seen on the video carrying a broken shelf from the ticket counter and verbally threatening Wharton, who warns him to stay away. 

Shortly after, a Johnson City police officer arrives, and Chapman surrenders to him with little struggle.

According to the officer’s report, Chapman said he “just wanted to go back to West Virginia and get away from Tennessee, but they stole money from him because they would not let him get on the bus.”

Chapman was charged with misdemeanor vandalism, disorderly conduct and public intoxication and transported to the Washington County Detention Center.

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