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A suspect is in custody in connection to multiple bomb threats and reports of an armed individual at multiple schools across the region. 

Charles Tingler, 22, of Oak Harbor, was arrested and has been charged with inducing panic in relation to a threat at Oak Harbor High School. Authorities say they expect more charges to be filed soon.

Police say Tingler admitted to threats in four counties, including one this morning at Waite in Toledo.

We're told he made threatening calls from a cell phone using the mobile app "Spoof," which disguises caller ID number and voice.

Tingler allegedly confessed, saying he was just having fund when he made those prank calls from his home using the mobile app on his cell phone.

"The only thing that he did tell me was that he's into social media and twitter accounts and at one point he was having some form of discussion with some school age children and one of them made a comment about not wanting to go to school on a day and he decided he'd help them out I guess," says Donald St. Clair, an agent with the Ottawa County Task Force.

A neighbor who lives right across the street from the suspect in a trailer park in Oak Harbor says she's angry Tingler was allegedly terrorizing schools.

"It's not a joke in my opinion," says Kathy Warner of Oak Harbor. "I've got a set of 13-year-old grandchildren twins at the middle school and a seven year old at the elementary school. It's not funny."

After subpoenaing the phone company, investigators on Thursday traced the calls back to one phone number. Police say Tingler admitted to making at least ten threats in four counties: Lucas, Ottawa, Erie, and Sandusky Counties.

Those include the threats made Friday morning at Waite High School in Toledo and Port Clinton Middle School. Police say it also includes the threats made this past Monday at Sandusky High School, Oak Harbor Middle School, and Oak Harbor High School.

Right now Tingler faces one charge of inducing panic. That is a second degree felony. That relates tpo the Oak Harbor High School bomb threat. If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison.

"There probably will be other charges once the grand jury meets in mid-May," says Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan. "However, we'll have to determine whether there's a common thread to these that they can all be charged in Ottawa County."

Meanwhile, Warner wants more punishment.

"I would think he should at least get 50 or more. There's no excuse for that kind of behavior," says Warner.

Investigators say Tingler does not have any mental health issues that they know of. He's employed in Ottawa County, but police would not say where. They say the 22-year-old at one point attended Sandusky and Oak Harbor High Schools. He didn't graduate. He recieved his GED later.

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