Calls for robbery at Westlake gas station turn out to be hoax

Attempted robbery in Westlake
Attempted robbery in Westlake(Source: WOIO)
Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 8:40 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Police said reports of a robbery on Tuesday morning at a Westlake gas station turned out to be a false alarm.

Officers responded just after 7 a.m. on Tuesday to the BP gas station on Detroit Road near Columbia Road after receiving a 911 call regarding a possible robbery underway involving a man with a weapon.

Investigators arrived and determined that the 911 caller was actually the suspect and that he was suffering from a mental illness.

No robbery had occurred and the call was deemed a hoax, according to Westlake police.

The man was taken to St. John Medical Center for a mental evaluation.

The police report will be forwarded along to the city prosecutor for possible criminal charges, but at this time, the suspect has not been taken into custody.

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