St. John Has Lock Down, Man Tries To Enter School

BELLAIRE – A 22-year-old man was arrested by Bellaire Police officers after he attempted to enter St. John Central High School at about 10:29 a.m. Monday.

The school, located at 3625 Guernsey St., was forced to go on lockdown as police were dispatched when the man tried to gain entry. The man reportedly pounded on the door and demanded to be allowed inside.

School officials called 911 as the man, who reportedly was wearing a red shirt, left on foot in an unknown direction.

Police soon caught up with the suspect identified as Jacob D. Hotlosz, of 3735 Jefferson St., Bellaire. Hotlosz was arrested and booked into the Belmont County Jail on charges of inducing panic, persistent disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said he had a crack pipe in his pocket along with a small knife.

Hotlosz’ bond was set at $2,250.

A Shadyside police officer observed Hotlosz in the 3300 block of Guernsey Street and detained him until other officers arrived. He was taken into custody and transported to jail.

According to a report, Hotlosz has a history of drug abuse and mental health issues. It was unknown at the time if Hotlosz had any weapons, but none were seen.

In addition to Bellaire Police, responding agencies included Shadyside and Bridgeport Police and the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office.