Rowdy neighbor ready for his close-up

On November 30, 2012, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police were called to a Sewall St. residence last week after complaints about a disturbance were made by neighbors.

Officers spoke to an individual at the apartment in question and, while in the process of questioning one resident, another man, identified as Howard John, 29, reportedly interrupted the conversation and began questioning why the police were there.

“I know my rights,” John is reported to have said. “I can have argument if I want.”

Police reportedly advised John that while he was within his rights to have an argument, he was disturbing the peace of others in the area.

After warning John and others to keep it down police exited the apartment building. When they were outside John reportedly stuck his head out the window and yelled, “My name is Howard Anthony John and you know me. You guys need to leave.”

John was then advised that he was again disturbing the peace and was warned to calm down, police said.

Officers then reportedly heard John tell someone, “I’m going to go out and take care of this…just make sure you keep the camera rolling.”

John then reportedly went outside, along with a female companion, and became very confrontational with police, according to reports. The officers said they felt that a show was being put on for a camera.

As John refused police requests to quiet down and go back inside, attempts were made to restrain him and place him under arrest. John reportedly struggled and a short burst of pepper spray was administered.

John was finally subdued and he was placed under arrest on a charge of disorderly conduct.


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