Threat made against Pocahontas hospital on Monday

POCAHONTAS, Ark. – An alleged terroristic threat was made against Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas this week, both authorities and a hospital employee confirmed to NEA Report.

The alleged incident happened on Monday but wasn’t reported until Tuesday, June 27, said Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble. Tribble could not say as to why the authorities were not notified immediately. He said precautions were being taken by the hospital and also by nearby clinics.

The nature of the threat was not revealed.

Having transpired inside the city limits, the incident is under investigation by Pocahontas Police Department.

“We were on lock down earlier today,” An employee in the business office told NEA Report. She said there had been a communication error and said a hospital employee would reach out to us but we have not had a returned call since 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The employee confirmed there was no present threat to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

A suspect was arrested Tuesday who allegedly made terroristic threats against both Peco Foods and a staffing agency in town. A press release from Pocahontas Police Department said he faced three charges of terroristic threatening but only named two alleged targets – Peco and the agency. However, Tribble could not confirm the incidents were related.

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