WALLA WALLA — Police arrested Justin J. Stokes on investigation of felony malicious mischief after the 38-year-old man reportedly urinated on books at the Walla Walla Public Library on Thursday,
According to documents presented in court this morning, witnesses reported Stokes urinated on books in the west wing at about 4:40 p.m. When officers arrived, Stokes was sitting at a computer station with two open beer cans, according to police.
Stokes, who reportedly has no permanent address, was arrested on investigation of third degree malicious mischief. The charge was upgraded to second degree malicious mischief, a class C felony, after library staff reported 130 books valued at more than $3,000 were damaged.
Officials did not report the titles of the damaged books.