MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man has been charged with inducing panic following a standoff Thursday on Follin Avenue.

Vernon W. Kanode Jr., 22, is charged in Mount Vernon Municipal Court with inducing panic, obstructing official business and falsification. The charges are scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 23.

The charges stem from July 12. According to Mount Vernon Police reports, Kanode barricaded himself inside a 700 block Follin Avenue residence and told police he had a firearm. Kanode initially told police his name was Joe, according to court records.

An eight-hour standoff ensued, during which time at least 10 residents were evacuated from nearby homes. Tactical teams from MVPD and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office were deployed during negotiations with Kanode, and eventually forced their way into the residence. Kanode was found hiding in a closet.

Kanode did not have a firearm when arrested, and no firearm has been recovered, Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said.

Prior to the standoff, police were on the lookout for Kanode after receiving information allegedly tying him to a burglary in Morrow County. McConville said Kanode has a warrant outstanding in Morrow County, and Knox County authorities intend to turn him over to their jurisdiction as soon as possible.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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