Man accused of inducing panic in Liberty

LIBERTY — A man from Youngstown is scheduled to make his first appearance in court next week on charges that accuse him, in part, of threatening to shoot shoppers at Walmart after a deal involving an iPhone went sour.

Brandon Marcell Ogden, 21, 24 N. Whitney Ave., faces robbery and inducing panic charges in Girard Municipal Court in connection to the events that unfolded Tuesday at the store on Goldie Road.

A report states police, called just before 7 p.m. to the store for a man waving a gun, learned a Warren man agreed to meet another man at the store to sell an iPhone after chatting online. During the transaction, the buyer tossed the phone to a juvenile, who ran from the store, the report states.

The seller grabbed the buyer and held onto him, which is when the man said “let me go before I shoot you” and then threatened to shoot other people while reaching into his pants, the report states.

It’s at this point, the report states, store employees began to evacuate customers from the front of the store.

A security guard escorted the man outside, at which point he made a call and stated “bring the AK, the cops are on the way, so you all know what you all have to do,” the report states.

The man then got into a vehicle that police stopped on Hadley Avenue, the report states.

The juvenile, whose name is not part of the report, was arrested on a charge of petty theft and then released to his mother. Charges are to be filed, the report states.

The driver of the vehicle, Jimmie Payne, 25, of Youngstown, was cited on a charge of driving under suspension.

The phone, the report states, was returned to the owner.