Man faces several charges in Mentor bank hostage situation

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MENTOR, Ohio — Police have filed several charges against a man accused of claiming to have a bomb and holding three bank employees hostage at a Mentor bank Wednesday.

According to Mentor police, Malik K. Morris, 23, who has no listed address, faces charges of aggravated robbery, three counts of kidnapping, inducing panic and making a terroristic threat.

It happened at Huntington Bank, 7720 Mentor Ave., at just after 6 p.m. A bank teller called 911, telling police that the suspect claimed to have an explosive device in his backpack. The teller also said he was demanding money from the vault.

Officers saw the suspect inside the bank holding a backpack.

Police evacuated nearby businesses and closed adjacent streets, and authorities including the Lake County Bomb Squad responded.

At about 7 p.m., the suspect exited the bank before hostage negotiators spoke with him. The suspect was then arrested. He did not have money on him when he left the bank.

No explosive devices were found in or around the bank.

Morris is set to be arraigned in Mentor Municipal Court.