By Gina Mace
Special to the Beacon Journal
CUYAHOGA FALLS: A 72-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man who thought he was meeting a Good Samaritan was confronted by a man brandishing a gun, police said.
Police charged Charles A. Keller, 56, of Hampton Heights Drive, with aggravated menacing and carrying a concealed weapon.
Keller was being held Friday in Cuyahoga Falls Jail on a $10,000 cash bond after being arraigned Thursday in Stow Municipal Court.
The man, whose name was not released, told police he was on his way home from a grocery store Wednesday when he received a phone call from someone, later identified as Keller, who said he found the man’s dog.
Police said Keller told the dog’s owner that he should come to Keller’s home and retrieve the animal.
When the man arrived, Keller turned over the dog, and the man offered Keller some fruit for finding the pet.
He told police that Keller’s response was to pull a semiautomatic handgun from his pocket, stick it in the man’s face and threaten to kill him and his dog.
The man took his dog, fled to his car, drove away and called police.
When police arrived at the Hampton Heights home, Keller refused to answer the door. He did answer the phone but refused to talk. While on the phone with Keller, an officer reported hearing what sounded like a round being chambered into a semiautomatic gun.
Keller then ended the call.
Police remained in the area and saw Keller leave in a pickup about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. He was stopped and arrested on a warrant alleging aggravated menacing. A semiautomatic handgun, loaded with a round in the chamber, was found in the center console of the truck.
Keller is a concealed-carry permit holder and failed to tell officers he was traveling with a loaded gun, police said, leading to the additional charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
Police searched Keller’s home and found six handguns and a rifle. They said one of the guns was in the pocket of a coat that matched the description of what Keller was wearing at the time of the incident with the man and the dog.