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Threatening call to patient prompts hospital lock down

Police charge Easton man with terroristic threats

WILSON BOROUGH, Pa. - A Northampton County man is facing charges after his alleged threat against an Easton Hospital patient prompted an hours-long lockdown.

Wilson Borough police charged Thomas G. Schaad Jr. with simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment in connection to the Oct. 27 incident. District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned the 29-year-old late Wednesday morning.

Schaad was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Borough police were dispatched to the hospital at 250 S. 21st St. shortly after 7 p.m. Oct. 27 to investigate a death threat made against a patient. The victim told police that he was inside the hospital, when Schaad called him and said, “I’m going to catch you outside and blow your brains out,” according to court records.

Schaad allegedly told the victim that doctors had saved his life when they refused to allow Schaad back into the hospital earlier that night, according to records.

Police said staff heard the threat, prompting the hospital to go on a lockdown for several hours in fear Schaad would show up with a gun. In an interview with police, the victim alleged that Schaad is a gang member, who has been known to carry a gun.

Court records neither specify to which gang Schaad allegedly belongs, nor indicates how he knows the victim.

As part of his bail conditions, the judge ordered that Schaad undergo random drug and alcohol screenings and enroll in an anger management program. He’s forbidden from contacting the victim and must continue living in his father’s Bushkill Street home.

Schaad’s next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 14.


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