Man charged in Saratoga Hospital bomb threat

Police have arrested the man who allegedly threatened to bomb Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based Saratoga Hospital earlier this month, the Times Union reports.

Matthew Layden, 45, was arrested Thursday and charged with making a terroristic threat. He could face up to seven years in prison if convicted of the felony.

The arrest stems from a July 15 incident in which police and firefighters were called to Saratoga Hospital in reference to two alarms.

The alarms were deemed false, but as police prepared to leave the facility, Mr. Layden came into the emergency room, claiming he had a bomb in his bag, police said, according to the report. Mr. Layden left the emergency room and dropped the bag near the entrance. Authorities told the Times Union Mr. Layden continued walking west from the hospital, but was eventually stopped and held by police.

Saratoga Springs Investigations Lt. Bob Jillson told the publication Mr. Layden is scheduled to appear in city court Thursday.

 

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