Damage to library study room prompts arrest | Local News

TRAVERSE CITY – A 34-year-old Reed City man was arrested after a study at the Traverse Area District Library was found damaged and bloody.

The library staff found an etched and scratched table and chairs, a damaged floor heating cover, and fresh blood on the carpet and wall.

Traverse City Police Chief Jim Bussell said the origin of the blood was unknown and it had not been confirmed whether the man whom police named a suspect for reserving the room was accompanied by four other people. The man told the police officers that he was drunk. Bussell said he had no visible injuries.

While the man was in the room on Wednesday morning, loud voices and a series of accidents caused library staff to check the room. The suspect told them that they were fine and that they did not need any help. When the group left the library a short time later, library staff discovered the damage.

Library staff estimated the damage at $ 600 and confirmed that residents have denied any wrongdoing in the room.

A report on the incident will be sent to the public prosecutor.

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