POSTED: 12:37 p.m. HST, May 30, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 4:09 p.m. HST, May 30, 2012
Hawaii County police arrested a 51-year-old Kona man today in connection with alleged threatening comments made about Kona Community Hospital.
Kona patrol officers arrived at the hospital 9:24 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a report from Kona Community Hospital that a man had made threatening phone calls to "shoot up" the hospital. Because of the phone call, hospital officials placed the facility on lockdown for about two hours, until 11:30 a.m.
Police spokeswoman Chris Loos said there was no one armed at Kona Community Hospital.
Police arrested the man at 12:40 p.m. at his home on suspicion of disorderly conduct for causing alarm at the hospital.
Police released him an hour later pending further investigation.
The public hospital is a 94-bed, 24-hour emergency hospital on the west side of Hawaii island.