Daytona Beach, FL – Daytona Beach Police (DBPD) responded to a bomb threat at Halifax Health on Wednesday morning and arrested the man who made the threat.
DBPD says that a man, who has a history of mental health issues, walked into St. Paul’s Basilica Church on Mullally St. in Daytona Beach and told someone he had planted a bomb on the fourth floor of Halifax Health in Daytona. The man who made the threat left the church and drove off.
Police responded and checked all floors of Halifax Health to see if they could find anything suspicious, but they couldn’t find anything that would be considered a threat, and the scene was cleared.
The hospital was not evacuated. “At the hospital, none of the patients were disturbed or taken out of the building or anything like that,” says Lyda Longa, Public Information Officer for DBPD.
Police caught up with the suspect near Bethune-Cookman University. He became combative, and police had to use tasers as they took him into custody. The man punched two or three officers as they were trying to arrest him, according to Longa.
The suspect did not actually enter the campus, and no one on campus was in danger, according to DBPD.
The suspect is currently charged with battery on a law enforcement officer. “He does have a history of some mental health issues and becoming violent, so that may have probably played a role in what happened today,” says Longa.
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