UPDATE: Suspect charged in Honda threat

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A Kenton man has been charged with misdemeanor inducing panic, Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton reports

Christopher R. Rager, 32, was taken into custody and lodged in the Tri-County Regional Jail pending a court appearance Monday in Marysville Municipal Court.

Sheriff Patton reports the suspect was detained by Honda's security team and handed over to deputies. The sheriff confirmed the suspect had a toy handgun.

Early Report

A report of an employee with a gun at Honda's Marysville Auto Plant early Friday turned out to be a hoax, Corporate Affairs Spokeswoman Caroline Ramsey said.

The incident was reported around 8 a.m. when an associate with a toy gun allegedly made threats.

Ramsey said plant staff followed protocol and contacted local authorities. 

Union County Sheriff's deputies responded and the incident was quickly contained with minimal interruption to the plant's activities.

Honda officials will review appropriate actions regarding the associate as the investigation unfolds, Ramsey said.

"The safety of our associates remains a top priorty," she said. "We take these issues seriously and respond accordingly."