Bellaire Man Arrested For Alleged Threats Against Bank Employees

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A Bellaire man is facing numerous charges after police say he threatened employees at a Belmont County bank on Friday.

According to police Chief Mike Kovalyk, Robert Hocker, 53, is facing counts of Aggravated Menacing after several reported incidents of him threatening employees at a Bellaire bank after being told he did not have any funds in his account.

Chief Kovalyk says Hocker was taken to the Belmont County Jail after making gestures that he was going to shoot employees at the bank. The bank went into lock down after the alleged gestures.

Police found Hocker in the 3800 block of Noble Street a short time later. They say he was not in possession of any weapons but has a lengthy criminal history.

Chief Kovalyk says Hocker was arrested nearly 30 years ago when he and others were arrested for possession of dangerous ordinance when Hocker took Grenade Simulators from Fort Knox, Kentucky, which resulted in a Bellaire Bar sustaining damage from the simulators being thrown through the front door.

Bellaire Police were assisted by the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is on going.

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