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Virgina couple face competency evaluation in terror case

John C. Davison and Vicki M. Davison were arrested for threatening to blow up Lake High School, a nearby airport, and local refineries.
Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 11:57 AM EDT
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LAKE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WTVG) - A couple from Virginia Beach will undergo a competency evaluation before their trial can continue. The two were arrested last week on felony charges for allegedly making threats in Lake Township.

Police say John C. Davison, 38 and Vicki M. Davison, 33, are from Virginia and were found to be carrying a shovel, a pitchfork, and a firearm when police apprehended them walking on the railroad tracks off Leymone Road, near the Lake Local Schools campus. The incident sparked a lockdown at Lake High School, middle school and the elementary. Toledo Police K-9s were brought in to search the football stadium and then the school, while students were moved outside.

Police say the pair made threats about blowing up the high school, the nearby airport and local refineries. The male suspect also said he wanted to speak with President Trump, who was set to arrive in Toledo later that day, but made no indication he was threatening him.

The couple appeared in court for the first time on Thursday. The prosecutor in the case requested the couple undergo a competency evaluation to ensure they are fit to stand trial for the charges. The request was granted and their bond continued pending that evaluation.

Following their arrest, Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer said it was unclear if the couple, who drove through the night from Virginia to Wood County had a plan. President Trump did make a campaign stop on Monday in the Toledo area. He held a rally at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton. The suspects were walking behind Toledo Executive Airport in Lake Township when they were arrested.

A local employee at a nearby trucking facility is the person that helped tipped police. Rob Wayne is the safety director at Get Go Transportation off Leymone Road. He says Monday morning around 8:30, a white car pulled into the parking lot. The business is under tight security and surveillance so he immediately wondered who was inside the vehicle. After more than 10 minutes, the suspects got out and the male suspect was seen in surveillance video putting a large ruck sack on that appeared to be quite heavy. John and Vicki Davison then took off toward the tracks.

The couple was arrested shortly after the 911 call and charged with making terrorist threats, carrying a concealed weapon, inducing panic and trespassing. Police say at this time, there is no danger to the public.

Both John and Vicki Davison faced a judge on the charges Tuesday afternoon in Perrysburg Municipal court. A judge set bond at $50,000 with no 10% for each suspect. Both suspects are being held in the Wood County Jail. They are scheduled to appear again on October 1.

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