Steward Health Care hospital locked down after man calls and threatens to kill patient

A judge arraigned a 29-year-old Pennsylvania man Wednesday morning on charges of simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment after he reportedly called Easton (Pa.) Hospital and threatened to kill a patient, WFMZ-TV 69 News reports.

Police said Thomas Schaad allegedly called a patient at the Boston-based Steward Health Care-owned hospital during the evening of Oct. 27 and threatened to "catch [the patient] outside and blow [his] brains out," the report states.

Authorities said hospital staff heard the threat and promptly locked down the facility for several hours that day.

The victim told police during an interview Mr. Schaad was a member of a gang and was known to carry a gun, though court records do not specify which gang Mr. Schaad was allegedly a member of, nor do they indicate how the victim knew him, according to the report.

The judge released Mr. Schaad on $25,000 unsecured bail Wednesday. As part of the order, Mr. Schaad must undergo random drug and alcohol screenings and enroll in an anger management program. He was also forbidden from contacting the victim.

Mr. Schaad will return to court for a preliminary hearing Dec. 14.

Editor's note: Becker's Hospital Review reached out to Easton Hospital for comment and will update the article as more information becomes available.

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