Upper Arlington News

Man charged with threatening to ‘shoot up’ grocery store

Upper Arlington police filed felony charges of making a terroristic threat Wednesday, April 9, against a 58-year-old city resident who allegedly called the Giant Eagle Market District store twice and said he planned to “shoot up the store.”

Andrew D. Wetsel was arrested at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday at his home on Pickwick Drive in Upper Arlington by police and deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of aggravated menacing, inducing panic and telecommunications harassment.

According to a press release from the UA police department, an unidentified man called the grocery store on Tuesday, April 8, and threatened to “come shoot ya up.” A second call later that morning was answered by police officers who were at the store investigating the first threat.

During the second call, the man reiterated that he planned to “shoot up the store,” the press release said.

Police identified the caller as Wetsel, who had been asked to leave the store the previous night.

The situation remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Upper Arlington Division of Police at 614-583-5160.