Case Dropped Against Ohio Man Seen with Rubber Ax

November 22, 2011 - 7:25 AM
Prop Ax Charge

In a Thursday Nov. 17, 2011 photo, Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards holds a very realistic rubber ax confiscated from Bill Morrison. Morrison was arrested on Oct. 16 for inducing panic and jailed overnight after he tried to sell the ax at a local Akron bar. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Paul Tople) MANDATORY CREDIT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio prosecutors have dropped an inducing panic charge against a man who carried a rubber prop ax into a bar before Halloween.

Akron City Prosecutor Doug Powley says he reviewed the case against 42-year-old Bill Morrison and determined that, in his words, the "situation did not warrant a criminal conviction." The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/v2M0cK ) paperwork dismissing the case was filed Monday.

Morrison was arrested Oct. 16 and spent a night in jail after a woman saw him with the ax under his coat and called 911.

The ax had red paint on it to simulate blood. Morrison has been a Hollywood makeup artist and has worked on Halloween haunted house attractions. He told police he was taking the costume ax to sell to a friend.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com