August 20, 2014

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Man arrested for threatening to shoot up Job & Family Services

ELYRIA TWP. — An Oberlin man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly threatened to shoot up the Lorain County Job & Family Services building.

Robert Anderson, 45, was charged with inducing panic.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the building, at 42485 North Ridge Road at about 11:45 a.m. and found Anderson in the lobby speaking with an employee, according to a report from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Anderson was immediately taken into custody and denied having a gun or any other weapon. He was cooperative and told deputies going to jail was probably the best thing for him right now, the report said.

Anderson told deputies that he lost his driver’s license, and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles would not give him a new one because he has a block on his license for past child support he owes in Illinois. He said he went came to the child support office to try to get help and became upset when he learned he could not obtain any form of identification.

He said he then told an employee she should call the sheriff or he was going to get his pistol and shoot the place up, the report said.

A supervisor told deputies she responded to the lobby and found Anderson holding a cell phone with tears running down his face.

Anderson told deputies that his father died Tuesday, and he has nothing if he loses his job.