TIFFIN, OH — A man was sentenced to jail on Friday after inducing panic and causing concerns about safety at Hopewell-Loudon School and Tiffin Wendy’s.
Michael A. Hornof, 28, of Tiffin, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court records.
According to the police report, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Hopewell-Loudon School in Bascom around 9:30 AM on Wednesday, Sept. 18, after receiving reports of a man who made comments about hurting himself and potentially others.
Deputies with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office made contact with Hornof shortly after 11 AM and de-escalated the situation before charging him with inducing panic. No weapons were found on the man.
Police say Hornof was having suicidal thoughts and there was concern that he could have gone to the school, which prompted a roughly two-hour lockdown.
According to Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court records, Hornof was sentenced Friday to 180 days in Seneca County Jail, with 150 days suspended; was placed on two years of probation; and was ordered to pay a $150 fine.
Deputies referred Hornof to mental health resources.
The Tiffin Police Department assisted with the situation.
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