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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

James Roppo: Man Arrested For Not Tweeting?

People have gotten in trouble for Tweeting too much -- spilling about job searches, illicit activity, infidelities, and more -- but in what may be a Twitter first, James Roppo was arrested for not Tweeting at all.

Roppo, a vice president at Island Def Jam Records, was arrested in part for his failure to use Twitter to control crowds of fans that had appeared at a Long Island mall to see Justin Bieber, a teen singer and YouTube sensation with the Def Jam label.

The Associated Press reports,

Police arrested a vice president from Bieber's record label, Island Def Jam Records, saying he wasn't cooperating with attempts to disperse the crowd.

James Roppo, 44, of Hoboken, N.J., was charged with a series of misdemeanors, including endangering the welfare of children and obstructing governmental administration.

"We asked for his help in getting the crowd to go away by sending out a Twitter message," said Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Kevin Smith. "By not cooperating with us, we feel he put lives in danger and the public at risk."

However, as AllThingsD notes, the arrest is a bit puzzling given that Justin Bieber did Tweet out a warning to his fans asking them to leave. @JustinBieber posted,

they are not allowing me to come into the mall. if you dont leave I and my fans will be arrested as the police just told us.