PATASKALA, Ohio (WCMH) — A teenager is facing charges after Pataskala police said he made online threats towards the city’s street fair.
They were able to find the 15-year-old and arrest him.
“First day of the fair and there’s already something scary going on,” Penny Scott said. “Little Pataskala, out in the country and threats against the street, no. That hits a little too close to home.”
Hundreds of people were enjoying the fair, most of them unaware of that threat.
“This is all new to me,” band member Steve Reis said.
Police said a 15-year-old boy posted the threat on social media.
“Unfortunately, that’s the world we live in today, and until we can figure out how to stop it, it’s going to continue,” Donna Welch said.
Soon after officers were tipped off about the threatening post, the teen was arrested and charged with aggravated menacing.
“It’s concerning, but at least people are doing the right thing and paying attention to what they’re seeing and turning folks in when it needs to be done,” Welch said.
People said the threat was alarming.
“This world is upside down let’s get it straightened out here,” Reis, who plays in a band performing at the fair, said.
With the recent mass shootings fresh on everyone’s mind, Reis is concerned about his safety whenever he goes on stage.
“It’s never dawned on us in the early days, but now it’s all in the back of our minds,” Reis said.
People said they aren’t going to let this stop them from having a good time.
“You have to live your life you can’t be afraid and stay behind your doors,” Welch said.
Police said the teen could face more charges.
As for the fair, it runs through Saturday.