Masked man accused of inducing panic at BP gas station

East Liverpool arrest

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WYTV) – East Liverpool police arrested a man who they say put on a skeleton mask and induced a panic at a local gas station.

An employee at the BP Gas Station on Dresden Avenue called police Monday afternoon and reported a suspicious person.

When police arrived, they approached the suspect identified as Jackson Ventry, 32, who was wearing a trench coat and skeleton mask.

Officers said he had a machete, two pistols and two knives.

Ventry had a permit out of Florida for the weapons.

He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, inducing panic, and obstructing official business.

Ventry entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday. Bond was set at $15,000 and he was ordered not to have any contact with the BP gas station and to stay 100 yards away from the building or parking lot.

A pretrial is scheduled for Thursday.

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