LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) arrested a man in connection with the incident that occurred in the 500 block of Fifth Street on Friday, the LMPD said.
Terona Hall was charged with first-degree robbery, wanton endangerment and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
The all-clear was given earlier on Friday afternoon following multiple reports of a man with a gun inside a parking garage in downtown Louisville, according to Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell.
"It was a little nerve-wracking," Sam Carl, a man who works nearby, said. "It looks like a lot of people running around with high-powered rifles and all kinds of gear."
Officers were called to the parking garage on South Fifth Street, between Muhammad Ali Boulevard and West Chestnut Street near Kentucky Towers, around 11:50 a.m. on Friday, according to MetroSafe.
According to Hall's arrest report, several witnesses allegedly told police that a short black man with an orange hat was inside the Kentucky Towers apartment building waving a gun around. Officers said they searched the building and found Hall in the lower lobby.
Hot dog vendor Pat Douglas was also caught in the commotion. He said first responders with weapons drawn approached him while he was in his usual spot preparing 25 hot dogs for sale.
"With his gun," Douglas said. "He said shut down, and I shut down."
Traffic was shut down on streets around the parking garage and drivers were asked to avoid the area.
"I'm here for the duration at this point," Carl said, waiting for the incident to end. "So, I hope it gets resolved quickly."
When asked about what he'd say to the man who was caused the commotion, Douglas answered, "Pick another street."
Douglas added he probably lost $200 worth of business due to the incident.
Police documents state that two victims positively identified Hall and told police that he had threatened them with a gun and robbed them. LMPD said Hall has a lengthy criminal history and is a convicted felon.