Ottawa, Ohio (Grey News) – Charges are emerging against an Ohio man accused of sending bomb threats to police in Ottawa amid protests in the Canadian capital.
Police told WTVG The man got the name of the city right, but the location was about 600 miles away.
Ottawa is the county seat for Putnam County in northwestern Ohio. Investigators said the man, who has yet to be identified, used Google to find numbers for police in Canada, then Google gave him a number that was closer to home.
“He was not paying attention and called the first number he found,” said Captain Brad Brubaker of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. “He said he was crazy about the mask mandate.”
Thousands of protesters continue to gather in Canada’s capital, protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, a major issue affecting the US’s northern neighbor and attracting global attention.
Police said that in the first call, the suspect issued a bomb threat to the Ottawa, Canada city headquarters address, which is located at an address that does not exist in Ottawa, Ohio.
While the Putnam County Sheriff’s representative was attempting to trace the first call, he called again, saying he had been shot.
After the call was fully traced, the dispatcher told the 20-year-old that he had the wrong Ottawa.
Brubaker said the man was not arrested, but filed a recommendation for charges with the Putnam County Attorney, and those charges are forthcoming.
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