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P&G closed Downtown Cincinnati headquarters Wednesday because of threat

Bill Rinehart

Kenton County authorities say they've taken a man into custody in connection with Wednesday morning's closure of Procter & Gamble's downtown headquarters.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the Kenton County Sheriff's Office says it has taken a man into custody without incident. It is unclear if he has been charged.

"He has been placed in a secure location," the statement says, adding it was a joint effort with Cincinnati and Covington police as well as the U.S. Marshalls and other federal agencies.

Employees at Procter & Gamble's main Cincinnati headquarters were notified early Wednesday not to come into its Downtown offices. The maker of products like Tide, Pampers and Bounty said it was closing the location out of an abundance of caution following a potential security concern.

Police said they received information the day before from Kenton County authorities prompting the move.

Wednesday morning police and SWAT officers could be seen outside the buildings, which cover about two blocks of Downtown.

Media outlets reported Wednesday afternoon a person was taken into custody in Covington by the Kenton County Sheriff's Office.

WVXU and other local media outlets obtained a Cincinnati Police "officer safety bulletin" stating a former employee had been making threatening comments.

According to the document, the person had "been texting several people about going to P&G and taking over" and told two people " 'I'm shutting the world down via Cincinnati tomorrow.' " It also says he emailed a former CEO and told family he was now running P&G.

Police in the document say the man may have access to firearms and threatened to " 'put officers down' " in the past. It notes he doesn't have a criminal record though family say he's suffering from mental illness.

The bulletin states the man was fired in 2021 for "not coming back to work after working from home during COVID. Though it has been deactivated, he still does have his P&G work badge."

P&G released the following statement: "Given awareness of a potential security concern by Cincinnati Police, we have closed our Downtown offices today out of an abundance of caution. We’re working closely with Cincinnati Police and don’t have additional details to share at this time."

The company has around 10,000 employees in Cincinnati. Other facilities across the city remained opened.

Updated: May 18, 2022 at 3:22 PM EDT
This story was updated at 3:20 p.m.
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