ALPENA - An issue with a medical bill led a 49-year-old man to phone the Alpena Regional Medical Center Tuesday afternoon and allegedly make a bomb threat, according to police.
At 12:41 p.m., police were notified of a reported bomb threat at ARMC, and learned from hospital personnel that a man had called and allegedly threatened to detonate a bomb at the hospital, according to a release from the Alpena Police Department. Hospital personnel told police the man was upset about a billing issue.
After securing the hospital perimeter with help from Alpena County Sheriff's deputies, the suspect was identified and APD officers tried unsuccessfully to contact him at his home, according to the release. Further investigation led officers to a home on the 100 block of Adams Street, where a friend of the suspect lived. Police found the suspect in the home after its residents, who arrived shortly after police did, allowed them to search it. The man obeyed the officers' commands and was taken into custody.
Staci Chroninger, ARMC marketing manager, said police arrived quickly after hospital personnel notified them of the threat.
"Early (Tuesday afternoon) Alpena Regional Medical Center received a phone call from an individual which led to a threat being made to the hospital," she said. "Due to the threat, ARMC personnel contacted local authorities who promptly came to the hospital to investigate."
No one in the hospital was ever in danger, Brian Wozniak, ARMC Safety Manager, said in an email.
"Our employees acted according to hospital policy to ensure the safety of our patients, employees, and visitors was maintained," he said.
The suspect is lodged in the Alpena County Jail on a felony offense, according to police.
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