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Homeless man accused of making bomb threat at Clearwater hospital

CLEARWATER — Officers arrested a homeless man early Wednesday accused of falsely reporting that there was a bomb at Morton Plant Hospital, police said.

Warren Eugene Scudder, 47, was transported to the Morton Plant emergency room about 3:30 a.m. after he said he was experiencing pain. While in the waiting room, Scudder "became angry he had to wait for treatment," according to an arrest affidavit.

Scudder then used an inhouse telephone connected to the hospital switchboard operator and said, "There is a bomb in the hospital" before hanging up, the affidavit states.

The hospital was locked down, but a bomb was not located. Scudder told Clearwater police officers he made the bomb threat because he was angry he was forced to wait.

Scudder faces a charge of false reporting of a bomb.

He was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Wednesday afternoon in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Homeless man accused of making bomb threat at Clearwater hospital 02/12/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:31pm]
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