A man being held on an alleged shooting charge was charged again when he reportedly vandalized property at the Monroe County Justice Center.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Bible said it was just before 5 p.m. June 24 when the fire alarm system at the jail part of the justice center started going off. Shortly after that, Bible said two jailers brought Joseph Pike to booking and said he had broken the sprinkler head off the wall in his cell and the cell had started to flood.
Bible said he asked Pike why he broke the sprinkler and Pike said, “I’m trying to get things done.”
Pike also told Bible he wanted to be moved to Blount or Polk county and that he would break the sprinkler in whatever cell they put him in. He allegedly told Bible he wanted to cause as much damage as possible and cost the county as much money as he could.
Bible said Pike said he would throw feces and urine at any officer he had contact with and cursed the jailers and the county. Bible asked Pike why he was acting like this and Pike reportedly said he was tired of being there.
Bible said the county maintenance team fixed the sprinkler and Pike, 31, who has addresses listed for both Madisonville and Knoxville, was charged with vandalism.