Suspect in Ohio bank shooting lived, was arrested in South Carolina in 2014
(WIS) - The man accused of entering a bank building in a downtown Ohio city on Thursday briefly lived in South Carolina and had a few run-ins with law enforcement, according to police records.
Omar Enrique Santa-Perez, 29, was the lone shooter at the Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati on Sept. 6. Police say Perez killed three people and injured two others, before being shot and killed by responding officers on the scene. Police say Perez legally purchased the weapon he used and had at least 200 rounds of ammunition on him, Fox 19 in Cincinnati reports.
According to Greenville Police Department records, in October 2014, Perez was asked to leave a business he was fired from, only to return a few hours later. The operating manager of the business, Confluence Watersport, was cautious of Perez's behavior, the first incident report says.
"[Redacted] advised he had terminated Omar and told him to leave, however, Omar refused to leave until he received a written document confirming his termination. [Redacted] stated he wanted Omar placed on trespass notice from this location. [Redacted] stated during the past week while working Omar had been throwing items/tools and was 'not acting right.' [Redacted] stated he was afraid of what Omar might do.
The responding officer wrote that Perez appeared "upset and disoriented" when he approached Perez to ask him why he returned after being asked to leave.
"When I would ask the suspect questions but he would respond with strange answers," the report says. "The suspect mumbled something about the war and the economy, but for the most part, talked about that he was upset that he was terminated. I asked the suspect to leave the property. He told me that he wasn't going to leave and began to cry."
Officials in Cincinnati said Perez struggled with mental health issues prior to the shooting.
An Anderson, SC address is listed for Perez on the supplemental report.
Cincinnati police also say Perez lived in the Miami suburbs in 2010 and was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.
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