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Police: Man threatens to bomb 2 Decatur hospitals, tracked through caller ID

Police: Man threatens to bomb 2 Decatur hospitals, tracked through caller ID


DECATUR — A 28-year-old man who threatened to bomb two Decatur hospitals Tuesday night was arrested after police tracked his identity through caller ID, police said. 

Sgt. Chris Copeland said the Decatur Police Department, Decatur Fire Department and Decatur Ambulance Service were sent to HSHS St. Mary's Hospital at 8:07 p.m. after an unknown male called the Emergency Room clerk and told her the hospital was going to blow up in three minutes.

The hospital had caller ID, so the phone number was tracked back to the 28-year-old suspect, Copeland said. Decatur Memorial Hospital received the same threat 12 minutes later.

The man's identification was tracked yet again through caller ID, Copeland said. 

He said police found the 28-year-old suspect at the corner of Main Street and Prairie Avenue. After the man made suicidal statements, he was involuntarily admitted to DMH.

Copeland said the suspect was released from the hospital, arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail. He faces two preliminary felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false bomb threat. Bond has not been set as of Wednesday morning.

Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites


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