Law enforcement offers tips to stay safe in public places after foiled domestic terror attack in Toledo
Like many bars in downtown Toledo, Table Forty 4 is getting ready for the busy vacation.
“We expect to go wall to wall every Friday and Saturday and we have events here too,” said manager Bob Perry. “So we hope that we are working to full capacity.”
To make sure everything is running safely and that solid managers rely on a security team.
“We’re using extra security,” said Perry. “We brought these people with us a few years ago, and on Fridays and Saturdays we always have an off duty officer at the door.”
According to Perry, Table Forty 4 uses and shares many of the same security tactics as nearby bars. While feeling overall safe, he says the news of a recently foiled “mass murder” attempt in an unnamed Toledo bar is a little unsettling.
“I always hear of a ‘local attack’ and all you have to do is hope it doesn’t happen to you,” Perry said.
FBI agents arrested Elizabeth Lecron on Monday 23rd for doing just that. Investigators say she even bought gunpowder and hundreds of screws to build a bomb for her attack.
“It’s sad that there are people who are unfortunately in a mental state and want to do something like this,” said Mark Wasylyshyn, Wood County Sheriff.
While the threat to Toledo was Wasylyshyn, there are steps anyone can take to be safe in public places like bars. One of these involves knowing your starting points, including those that you overlook.
“Every restaurant – certainly every restaurant I’ve ever been to – has a door in the kitchen,” said Wasylyshyn. “That way you can always go through the kitchen because there are deliveries there.”
The sheriff says it’s also a good idea to always trust your gut and never guess yourself.
“If you are uncomfortable at an event or somewhere, your best bet is to go,” said Wasylyshyn. “Stand back and listen to that sixth sense.”
If you see something that needs an officer’s attention, Wasylyshyn says, speak up.
“Make your concerns known,” said Wasylyshyn. “Don’t keep them to yourself because what we don’t want is to look back at where someone is going, ‘Gee. I should have done it.'”
While investigators don’t name the bar specifically named in Lecron’s Scheduled Attack Managers at Table Forty 4, they’re not taking any chances. With more customers expected in the upcoming vacation, managers say they offer extra security.