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Man Arrested for Threatening to Shoot Up Local McDonald's Restaurant

LAWRENCE COUNTY, OH (WOWK) - A man has been arrested after making threats to shoot up a local McDonald's restaurant.

According to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, at around 3:50 PM Thursday, Lawrence County 911 received a call from the McDonalds restaurant located on Route 406 in South Point, Ohio, who advised that a customer had reported hearing a male subject make a comment about shooting the place up. 

While officers were responding, the subject in question left the property in an older model Jeep Cherokee.

This vehicle was stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on U.S. 52 near the Charlie Creek Intersection.

There were four occupants in the vehicle, Zachary Dement, 21, of South Point, Jonathan Ratcliff, 22, of South Point, Brittany Ratcliff, 23, of South Point, and James Brown, 33, South Point. 

Deputies spoke with the management at McDonalds and found that Zachary’s mother is an employee of the restaurant and that Zachary had telephoned there earlier demanding information, and the management advised him to stop calling.

He then advised to them that he was coming to the restaurant, to which the management advised him not to come to the store, that he has been told many times that he is not aloud around the store because he constantly causes trouble.

Zachary did arrive at the restaurant and began to cause trouble and curse the workers.

He was advised to leave and while leaving a customer passing him through the door heard him cursing and talking about “popping people”. 

Officers searched the vehicle that was stopped and found a loaded handgun.

Zachary nor the others were ever seen in the restaurant with a handgun and he claims to Detectives that it belonged to the driver. 

No one at the restaurant was harmed.  

Zachary Dement was arrested for criminal trespassing and inducing panic and was transported to the Lawrence County Jail.

The driver of the vehicle, Jonathan Ratcliff was arrested for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. 

Among the agencies assisting were the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Chesapeake Police Department, South Point Police Department, and Lawrence County Common Pleas Probation. 


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