Pamela J. Sisco, 57, of New Carlisle, Clark County, Ohio, United States was recently arrested by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. She was charged with inducing panic and disrupting public service.
Sisco works at a Navistar plant in Springfield, Clark County. While at work at around 11:44 a.m. on April 1, 2021, she sent a text message to her sister that she and her co-workers were all hiding in locked offices because a man who was fired on March 31, 2021 returned with a gun.
The sister immediately called 911. Within 2 minutes, Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the Navistar plant.
“She said there was a guy that got fired yesterday and he came in with a gun and they are barricaded with the lights off in an office,” the sister told a 911 dispatcher. “She sent me a text and I’m afraid to text her if they are barricaded and hiding.”
Law enforcement units checked the plant and found no threat of any kind inside. When they found Sisco, she admitted that she sent the text message to her sister as an April Fool’s joke.
“Everyone was completely fine,” Dayton Daily News quoted Clark County Sheriff’s Office major Christopher D. Clark as saying. “There was a lot of resources that we used today and put in place today all over a stupid April Fools’ joke.”
Still, Clark thanked everyone who backed up the Clark County Sheriff Office and the other agencies that were willing to step up. Clark County Sheriff Deborah K. Burchett did not find the April Fool’s Day prank funny either.
“It’s sick,” WHIO quoted Burchett as saying. “It’s a sick joke. That’s what it is and it’s not a joke as far as I’m concerned.”
Because of the joke, Sisco was arrested. Navistar suspended her pending investigation.
On the morning of April 2, 2021, Sisco made her first court appearance and pleaded not guilty. Her bond was set at $2,500.