Clearwater Police Accuse Man of Making Hospital Bomb Threat
The homeless man admitted making the threat because he was mad at hospital staff, Clearwater police said.
CLEARWATER – A homeless man has been accused of calling in a bomb threat to Morton Plant Hospital earlier this week, Clearwater police said.
Gerald Lemmon, 48, was charged Saturday (Sept. 24) with threatening to discharge a destructive device. He is being held in the Pinellas County Jail on $10,000 bail. Jail records indicate Lemmon has been arrested multiple times and charged with various crimes including falsely impersonating a fire inspector, retail theft, open container, loitering and prowling, and grand theft.
Lemmon was seen at the hospital that night using a cell phone and was discharged about an hour before the threat was made. Police said he admitted calling in the bomb threat because he was angry with hospital staff after they refused to provide him with narcotics and food late Wednesday night.
The bomb threat, which was unfounded, caused police to call in multiple units, including K9 officers to conduct a floor-by-floor sweep of the hosptial, 300 Pinellas St. Officers also checked parking areas and adjacent locations before the all-clear was given.
For information about the Clearwater police, go to clearwaterpolice.org.
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