Oil City Man Allegedly Tells Police ‘I’ll Have Your Job’ Following Incident at Clarion Bar

| March 31, 2018

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A 21-year-old Oil City man is facing criminal charges after an incident that started at a Clarion bar earlier this month.

According to court documents, the Clarion Borough Police Department filed the following criminal charges against 21-year-old Isiah Thomas Markert, of Oil City:

– Institutional Vandalism Education Facility, Misdemeanor 2
– Defiant Trespass Actual Communication, Misdemeanor 3
– Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct, Summary
– Criminal Mischief-Damage Property, Summary
– Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offence, Summary

According to a criminal complaint, around 1:11 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, Officer O’Neil was dispatched to respond to a bar on Main Street for an assault and was advised to speak with the bouncer.

Upon his arrival around 1:20 a.m., Officer O’Neil observed an African American man run from the sidewalk up the steps and into the bar entrance, followed by a known employee of the establishment. Officer O’Neil proceeded inside and saw the man confronting the bouncer.

According to the complaint, the man was visibly upset and yelling at the bouncer. The other known employee was standing beside the man, while the man yelled that he had water in his “bucket” instead of alcohol. The known employee told Officer O’Neil that he had seen the man outside with a bucket, and Officer O’Neil also observed that the bucked had yellow liquid in it. The known employee then stated that he had advised the man that he was not permitted back inside the bar. The man continued to argue with the bouncer until Officer O’Neil escorted him outside.

Officer O’Neil escorted the man to his cruiser. The man continued to say he was being discriminated against and that he was drinking water. Officer O’Neil noted he could detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the man and that he had bloodshot, glassy eyes and slurred speech.

Officer O’Neil asked the man for identification, and the man supplied a PA Identification Card that identified him as Isiah Thomas Markert.

According to the complaint, Markert continued to argue that this was discrimination. He said the known employee dumped his drink, and Markert changed his story several times on whether it was a drink or water. Officer O’Neil asked Markert four times to get a ride home with another known individual, and the other known individual also asked Markert to go with him repeatedly. Officer O’Neil advised Markert he could either go home with the other individual, or he would be arrested for public drunkenness and trespass.

Markert stated, “Then arrest me, and I’ll have your job,” the complaint states.

Officer O’Neil told Markert to put his hands behind his back and placed him in handcuffs. Markert was then placed in the back of the patrol vehicle and transported to the Clarion Borough Police Station.

While at the station, Markert was placed in the holding cell; he began demanding to speak with Officer O’Neil’s supervisor. Chief Peck arrived and spoke to Markert, and Markert agreed to get a ride home with the known individual, who was contacted to pick him up. Markert then began stating that he was claustrophobic and was going to have a breakdown. A short time later, he began kicking the cage numerous times, causing the metal mesh to bend and a metal bar to break, the complaint states.

The known individual arrived at the station, and Officer O’Neil asked Markert if he was going to go with the individual. Market said yes, and the individual signed the release of a person in custody form and went to the holding cell area. Officer O’Neil unlocked the cell and gave Markert his belongings. Markert then demanded that Officer O’Neil write down every officer’s name and badge number on a piece of paper for him or he was not leaving and refused to leave the holding cell, the complaint indicates.

Officer O’Neil advised Markert of his name and badge number and told him he could either leave with his friends, or he could go to jail. Markert stated he would go to jail. As Officer O’Neil began shutting the cell door, Markert stated he would go with his friends. He was then released to the known individual, and they left the station at approximately 2:50 a.m., according to the complaint.

A preliminary arraignment is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, with Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn presiding.

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