St.John Central placed on lockdown

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

The school was forced to go on lockdown as police were dispatched when the man tried to gain entry.

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

Arrested in the incident was Jacob D. Hotlosz, of 3735 Jefferson St., Bellaire. He was booked into the Belmont County Jail on charges of inducing panic, persistent disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia as 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.