Man pepper-sprayed in Forbes Library charged with trespassing, assaulting an officer

  •  The front entrance of Forbes Library, Thursday, May 28, 2019. STAFF PHOTO/Bera Dunau

Staff Writer
Published: 3/29/2019 2:07:49 PM

NORTHAMPTON – The man who was pepper-sprayed while being removed from Forbes Library on Thursday is accused of vomiting in the library, hitting a police officer and covering his cell in feces after his arrest, police said.

Police said they were called to remove Sean Donahoo, 50, of the streets of Northampton, from Forbes Library on Thursday after he refused to leave, and that he’d allegedly vomited. The call came into dispatch at 4:17 p.m.

Police allege they found Donahoo in the reading room with his shirt off, that he had difficulty standing and walking, that alcohol bottles were around him and that he had recent injuries.

Police said that officers tried to get him to put his shirt on and leave but Donahoo refused. Police claim Donahoo got into a fighting stance and cocked back his hand, hitting an officer as he did so, after which Donahoo was handcuffed and subdued. Police said Donahoo was pepper-sprayed in the elevator near front entrance as he was being removed after he spit at an officer.

Donahoo was arraigned in Northampton District Court Friday morning on the charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct, and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and attorney Marlene Morin was appointed to represent him.

In court, the commonwealth alleged that in addition to pepper spray, a spit sock was used on Donahoo, and that he spit saliva and blood at the officers. It was also alleged that he covered his cell in feces after his arrest due to his intoxication.

Donahoo was released on the condition that he stay away from Forbes Library. A condition that Donahoo refrain from alcohol and be screened at least three times a week was rejected by Judge Roman Rota.

Donahoo is due back in court on May 9.

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