Police: Man found with loaded gun, fake bomb outside Lockland bank

Police: Man found with loaded gun, fake bomb outside Lockland bank
Michael Gimlin (Photo: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

LOCKLAND, OH (FOX19) - Bond was set at $100,000 cash Thursday for a convicted felon police say they found with a loaded gun and fake bomb outside a Lockland bank.

Michael Gimlin, 43, is held at the Hamilton County jail on charges of inducing panic and carrying concealed weapons. It’s the second time he’s been charged with having a gun without a valid CCW license since 1995, court records show.

Police took Gimlin into custody shortly Wednesday after an employee at the U.S. Bank on Williams Street reported seeing a suspicious looking man in an SUV with tinted windows sitting in the parking lot across the bank, court records show.

The employee saw him get out with a holstered gun on him, cover the weapon and then get back into the vehicle, police wrote in an affidavit.

The man remained in the SUV about 30 to 40 minutes in the parking lot before she called police. She told them she suspected he was about to rob the bank, court records state.

Police responded and found a tan GMC Yukon in the parking lot across from U.S. Bank.

They said they found Gimlin inside, ordered him out at gunpoint and took him into custody.

An officer found a loaded black Taurus 9MM handgun in the holster on his right rear hip, according to the affidavit. Police then searched the vehicle and found a white PVC with a fuse on the floor in the rear passenger area.

At that point, police cleared the area and initiated a quarantine.

A shelter-in-place order was issued and surrounding businesses and homes were evacuated.

Gimlin told police “the device is only a smoke grenade but stated that he knows it looks like a bomb,” the affidavit states.

“Cincinnati Fire Department Bomb Squad responded and remotely detonated the device," police wrote. "The device was deemed safe by CFD and determined to be a hoax device, created to appear as a pipe bomb. The remaining pieces of the device were collected for evidence.”

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