UPDATE 6 p.m. Police determined late Wednesday that a former patient who reportedly threatened Arroyo Grande Community Hospital staff wasn’t intending to physically hurt anyone but was foreshadowing legal action.
Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, officers found the man and he told them he was “frustrated with the hospital bureaucracy and his intentions are to seek a legal remedy,” Arroyo Grande police Cmdr. Chuck Gerhart said.
UPDATE 5:30 p.m. The Arroyo Grande Police Department is investigating a former patient who reportedly threatened Arroyo Grande Community Hospital staff on Wednesday.
Police said there's no immediate threat to the hospital or nearby neighborhoods and schools.
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The man’s name has not yet been disclosed but police say he lives in rural Arroyo Grande and is in his 50s. That man reportedly told hospital management that he isn’t happy with a procedure he received there in 2005 nor with his current state of well being, according to police.
On Wednesday, officers opened an investigation into the man to determine his intentions, Cmdr. Chuck Gerhart said.
As of 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, police hadn’t yet made contact with him at home or by phone. Officers did speak to a relative who told them that the man isn’t violent but “becomes very verbal from time to time in an effort to get a point across,” police said in a statement.
Once they interview the man, officers can determine whether he’ll be charged with a crime, Gerhart said.
“We’re looking at everything to determine his state of mind,” Gerhart said.
Police said the man confronted management at the hospital in person on Friday and on Tuesday and also made a threatening phone call to the hospital on Wednesday.
In the phone call, he reportedly told management that he would “take care of things before he dies,” Gerhart said, adding that the threat was not specific in nature.
Hospital officials reported the incident to police just before noon on Wednesday and released a statement saying a “credible threat" was made.
Police have expanded its patrols at the hospital at 345 S. Halcyon Road. The hospital added its own additional security on site and continued regular operations Wednesday.
UPDATE 3:22 p.m.
The Arroyo Grande Police Department is investigating a series of threats made by a former patient against individuals at the hospital.
That person, who said he was not happy with the care he received at the hospital in 2005, has been making angry statements to people at the hospital since Friday. The latest threat was made today.
The former patient had threatened to “take care of things before he dies,” said Cmdr. Chuck Gerhart, adding that the threat was not specific in nature. Police officers are doing expanded patrols through the hospital, and the hospital has added additional security.
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital is currently tightening its security because the facility "has received a credible threat," officials announced in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
The nature of the threat or when it occurred has not been disclosed, but officials said they are taking it seriously.
Local law enforcement is investigating the matter.
Additional details have not been released. Check back for more on this story.