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Man with knife taken into custody at McDonald’s

| September 3, 2019

COSHOCTON – On Aug. 31, at approximately 11:15 a.m. the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a man with a knife at our local McDonald’s restaurant.

Upon arrival of deputies it was determined that a male suspect, Nicholas L. Hayes,  22-years-old and from the Coshocton area, had a knife inside the store and began to threaten people with it. A patron of store, James H. Bartlett, a 70-year-old man from Kentucky, noticed the male suspect with the knife and confronted him in an attempt to protect customers and employees.

Bartlett, who has a concealed carry permit, drew his weapon out and began to order Hayes to drop the knife. Hayes refused to comply and began to leave the store. Bartlett pursued the suspect outside where Bartlett was able to convince Hayes to drop the knife. Due to the heroic actions of Bartlett, deputies were able to take the suspect into custody without any injury or loss of life.

On Sept. 3, Hayes was formally charged with attempted aggravated robbery, a felony of the second degree. Additional charges may be filed after further review by The Coshocton County Prosecutor’s Office.

This incident remains under investigation with the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office and the Coshocton County Prosecutor’s Office.


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