CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Youngstown Police Chief Robin Lees says that parking tickets issued during a nearly 3-hour lockdown on the campus of Youngstown State University were a result of a simple misunderstanding.
“Unfortunately, what happened is we have a contract with ABM parking services that works for the the clerk of courts, and they issue municipal parking tickets up in the area of the University. They were apparently unaware of the lock down that was taking place,” said Lees.
Lees said that close to two dozen tickets were issued during the lockdown.
A picture of a parking ticket issued to Chelsea Raymer that she posted on Facebook was shared close to a thousand times.
Raymer wrote, “I’m not sure how they expected me to put money in my meter when we weren’t allowed to leave the building. I am even shocked they would take the time to write them considering it’s from the Youngstown Police Department who was helping out during the lockdown investigation.”
"It's just an unfortunate mix-up as a result of the emergency yesterday," added Lees.
So far three people have turned their tickets into Youngstown Police.