Man with Knife Threatens Planet Fitness Patrons

January 17, 2014 Updated Jan 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 17, 2014 Updated Jan 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM EDT

A tense situation last night at Planet Fitness in West Seneca, as a man entered the popular workout center holding a knife.

West Seneca Police tell us that around 9:00 P.M. Thursday night, 24-year-old Louis F. Doll of West Seneca entered the gym and started threatening himself and others.

After repeated attempts by law enforcement for Doll to drop his weapon, West Seneca police tased him on the scene.

“Our officer ordered the man to drop the knife. He wouldn’t drop it. He had to deploy his taser,” said Robert Sporysz, West Seneca Police Captain.

Those working out at Planet Fitness last night describe the scene as scary.

“A lot of people ran out the front door that were in the front of the gym,” said Amanda Thourling, one of the patrons working out at the Seneca street location. “Many people went into the locker room.”

Doll has been charged with a Felony of Menacing of a Police Officer and the Misdemeanor of Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Doll is being held at the Erie County Holding Center on $20,000 bail and a forensic evaluation.