A juvenile suspect was arrested on Monday after vandalizing the South Euclid Library, leading him to damage police property, attempt to escape custody, and threaten to harm officers.
On Monday, dispatch received several 911 calls regarding violent kids inside the South Euclid Library, throwing furniture inside the building and threatening the staff.
When police arrived, they said one of the suspects approached an officer, directed expletives at him, and challenged him to fight. The juvenile was escorted to the ground, handcuffed, and placed in the back of a cruiser.
While police were putting him the cruiser, they said the suspect attempted to kick out the back window, resulting in about $700 in damage.
Police said the incident continued at the station, where the juvenile refused to cooperate and tried to escape custody by kicking in the door of the holding cell. Due to the force of the kicks, the door's locking mechanism broke. It required South Euclid Fire Department to force entry and retrieve the suspect.
According to police, the juvenile was placed in a second holding area and was released to a legal guardian a short time later. Before he was picked up, police said the juvenile told them he intended to cause serious physical harm on them the next time he saw them on patrol.
Police said a second juvenile suspect will also be charged in participating in the library incident.