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Man accused of threatening Cranley found in psychiatric ward, in custody

Court paperwork filed this week says that dozens of emails have been sent to Cincinnati's city hall, with some menacing thoughts (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko) Court paperwork filed this week says that dozens of emails have been sent to Cincinnati's city hall, with some menacing thoughts (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko)
David Lask (Photo: Cincinnati Police) David Lask (Photo: Cincinnati Police)
(PHOTO: Hamilton Count Jail) (PHOTO: Hamilton Count Jail)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati police have found the homeless man accused of sending more than 100 threatening and harassing emails to the offices of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Councilwoman Amy Murray.

David Lask was found in a psychiatric ward at Christ Hospital on Saturday morning, a city official confirmed. Lask was taken into custody and transported to the Hamilton County Justice Center. At this time, it is unclear if Lask checked himself into the hospital or when he arrived.

"We commend the CPD for their work in getting him in custody. We are glad he is off the street and hope that he is able to receive the help he needs," said City of Cincinnati spokesperson Rocky Mertz.

Cincinnati police charged Lask this week with two counts of telecommunications harassment. His last known address is the Drop Inn Center, an Over-the-Rhine homeless shelter, court records show.

"You always get nervous, you know, you're nervous if someone's making threats or saying things to you," said Murray.

He admitted to police he sent the emails from the Hamilton County public library Downtown at 800 Vine St., records state.

FOX19 NOW legal analyst Mike Allen said law enforcement has to take action when deadly threats are made.

"They allege some serious conduct if the person were to follow through with them. That's always the question," he said. "But, in today's day and age, with all the craziness we have going on, I think it's important to take it seriously."

Police were alerted once City Hall staff members read the emails. Emails sent to Murray's office included obscenities and the phrase “drop dead," according to a source.

"At first it was just really a nuisance, but then it escalated within the last week or so and so that's when you get worried and we really want to make sure that this person that he gets the help that he needs," Murray said.

"You're seeing more and more of these kind of cases," Allen said. "They're normally misdemeanors of the first degree. Maximum penalty - 180 days. But, we're starting to see more and more of them."

Earlier this week, the suspect sent an email to the mayor's office saying that he would kill him at City Hall and then flee to Argentina, the source said.


Lask's bond was set at $15,000 on each count against him.

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