Man arrested in Morton Plant Hospital bomb threat


Clearwater Police have charged the man who called in a bomb threat to Morton Plant Hospital earlier this week.

Officers charged 48-year-old Gerald Lemmon of Clearwater with threatening to discharge a destructive device. 

Officers determined that Lemmon was a suspect by officers shortly after the incident. He was located by officers late Friday at Court Street and North Fort Harrison Avenue.

He admitted to a detective that he had called in the bomb threat because he was angry with hospital staff after they refused to provide him with narcotics and food late Wednesday night. He was seen at the hospital that night using a cell phone and was discharged about an hour before the threat was made.

He is being held in the Pinellas County Jail on $10,000 bail.



CLEARWATER-- Police say someone called the Morton Plant Hospital just before midnight Wednesday saying there was a bomb at the facility.

Multiple units, including K9 officers, entered the facility and conducted a floor-by-floor sweep of the hospital. Officers also checked parking areas and locations nearby but nothing was found.

Police gave an "all-clear" about 45 minutes after the search. The search for the caller is ongoing.


(© 2016 WTSP)


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