Man charged with vandalizing city business, threatening officers

Published 8:50 am Friday, April 1, 2016

David Napier

David Napier

A city man faces multiple charges after police say he vandalized his brother’s business and threatened to kill officers who responded to the scene.
Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department arrested David Napier, 50, of 918 Stateline Road, Elizabethton, and charged him with vandalism, resisting arrest, simple assault, public intoxication and retaliation for past action – threat of bodily harm.
On Wednesday shortly after 5 p.m., officers of the EPD were dispatched to a business located at 918 Stateline Road after a 911 caller reported a “drunk and disorderly” man had vandalized the business.
“Upon my arrival I was met by a male subject known to me as David Napier,” said EPD Officer Joe Holsclaw. “Mr. Napier began telling me that he owned the property and he would do whatever he wanted to and that he had broken a bubble gum machine and if I tried to arrest him he would have my job.”
Holsclaw asked Napier to stay outside the business with other officers while he went inside to speak to the person who had called 911.
“Upon speaking with the complainant, identified as John Patrick Napier, who stated his brother David came into the store cursing and drunk, stating he should be having to pay rent, then turned and shoved the candy dispenser over, breaking it,” Holsclaw said. “When I walked back outside David started stating he was going to follow us all home, put snakes in our beds and kill everyone that was there and going on to state he would have my job and that he was part of the Hell’s Angels.”
Holsclaw said when officers attempted to place David Napier under arrest he began struggling with officers. Officers were able to get handcuffs placed on David Napier, but Holsclaw said when they attempted to place him in the police cruiser David Napier kicked him in the groin and a struggle ensued, but added officers were able to gain control of David Napier and place him in leg shackles.
“The entire encounter with him he threatened to kill every officer there and make sure his attorney sued us,” Holsclaw said.
David Napier is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on April 26.

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