Bomb threatening bank robber pleads not guilty in court - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Bomb threatening bank robber pleads not guilty in court

Bank robbery suspect 23-year-old Malik K. Morris. (Source: WOIO) Bank robbery suspect 23-year-old Malik K. Morris. (Source: WOIO)
MENTOR, OH (WOIO) -

The man accused of saying he had a bomb during a bank robbery, pled not guilty at his arraignment Thursday afternoon.

Malik Morris, 23, is charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping, inducing panic and making terroristic threats.

Judge set bond at $510,000.

Mentor Police say Morris entered the Huntington Bank branch at 7720 Mentor Avenue around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday and claimed to have an explosive device in his back pack. Morris then demanded money from the vault.

There were only three bank employees inside the bank at this time. One teller managed to call 911.

Nearby businesses were evacuated and adjacent streets closed. SWAT, hostage negotiators, and the Lake County Bomb Squad were called to the scene. 

At 7:00 p.m., Morris exited the bank before hostage negotiators could talk to him. He was taken into custody in the parking lot of the bank.  

No explosive devices were discovered in or around the bank and no one was injured.

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