At 12:50 a.m. officers followed a lead to the Hookah Lounge on Beech Street and recognized the male who had been with the one being sought. The suspect was not present but walked out of the restroom a moment later and was placed under arrest. He was taken outside and a credit card was found in his wallet confirming his identity as Johnson A. Smith. Also in his pocket were keys and a knife, but it is not known which was used to damage the lieutenant’s vehicle.
Smith refused to cooperate by providing his date of birth, but a search produced a license photo confirming his identity as well as confirmation of his age as 23.
Smith demanded to see the video of him damaging the vehicle but was shown a still photo and, according to the report, became upset and began punching himself in the face. He said it had been 35 days since he had any alcohol and he had just wanted to hang out with friends and have fun, instead doing something stupid and ending up in handcuffs.
He was charged with criminal damaging and obstructing official business and taken to the Butler County Jail.