Columbus man charged in Dublin retirement home bomb scare

COLUMBUS — A Columbus man was arrested late Monday after police say he broke into a Dublin assisted living facility and claimed to have explosives.

Robert Hackler, 29, is charged with burglary and inducing panic.

Dublin police were called to The Sanctuary at Tuttle Crossing on Tuttle Road at 11:45 p.m. Monday by two employees who said that Hackler broke into the building through a back door.

Police and firefighters from Dublin and several surrounding cities responded, a news release said.

An employee told a 911 dispatcher that Hackler locked himself in a bathroom after breaking into the assisted living home, but later left the bathroom and wandered the hallways talking about bombs. Hackler seemed to be drunk, the employee said.

Police and firefighters evacuated more than 30 residents while they searched the building with bomb-sniffing dogs, the release said.

No bombs were found.

Residents were allowed to return to the The Sanctuary around 2 a.m., the release said.

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