Police: Library employee assaulted by patron

CINCINNATI - A patron of the Cincinnati Public Library allegedly assaulted an employee Thursday after becoming upset over an apparent disagreement regarding the library's computer policy.

Police say Rico Clark, 36, struck the unidentified library employee around noon after he became upset over being asked to get up from a computer work station at the main branch of the library, which is located at 800 Vine Street.

According to police, the victim asked Clark to find a new work station after Clark had sat down to use a computer that was already assigned to another library patron. Clark then became upset and allegedly had a physical altercation with the same employee.

Police say the victim suffered minor injuries.

9 News reached out for comment but officials with the library and the employee have declined.

The downtown branch of the Cincinnati Public Library averages about 30 calls a month to local police, officials say. There were 65 calls placed during the months June and July, and there have been 54 such calls made from Aug. 1 through Sept. 27.

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