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Miami-Dade police have arrested a hospital employee they say threatened “to kill the staff doctors and nurses at Jackson Memorial Hospital” on June 29.
The threat was one of two that ” caused pandemonium” at the hospital in a matter of days, police said. The second threat, which happened on July 2, is still under investigation.
Arrest records show that 21-year-old Juvane Raheem Hylton, who police say worked as a secretary, called Miami-Dade police’s non-emergency line from Room 533 saying he would shoot up the medical center’s west wing.
When the complaint officer asked what weapon he would use, his response was very specific:
“An AR-15 and AK-47,” according to the police report.
Hylton, who lives in Miami Springs, was arrested and charged Friday with one count of making a false report regarding placing a bomb or explosive device, as well as one count of misusing police communications.
According to the arrest report, Hylton told police the patient assigned to Room 533 asked him to help make a call. However, investigators determined that the only patient in that room was out for a medical procedure when the call was made.
Jackson was placed on lockdown. Hospital employees and patients scurried to find a safe haven as police searched the grounds for anyone who might have made the call.
No shots were fired, and Miami-Dade police ultimately declared the area safe after all 15 floors were combed by bomb dogs and tactical units.
Three days after the first threat, a second threat followed in the form of two emails which were sent to 7News before being forwarded to the police.
The first email was sent at 9:46 a.m. on July 2 and read, ““I AM GOING TO SHOOT JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. THIS TIME IS REAL. WEST WING BUILDING WILL BE BLOODY…” according to WSVN.
The second email was received three hours later and included other hospitals besides Jackson Memorial in its threat, WSVN reported. It read:
“I STILL HAVE A BOMB AT JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, BUT I ALSO HAVE ONE AT JACKSON NORTH AND SOUTH. I ALSO HAVE ONE AT UM HOSPITAL AND VA HOSPITAL. THIS IS BIG TAKE ME SERIOUS. THE TIMER IS TICKING. I AM PLANTING ONE NOW AT BROWARD GENERAL HOSPITAL AND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND KENDALL HOSPITAL. ALL HOSPITALS WILL HAVE A BOMB AND MY TEAM AND I WILL TAKE OUT ANY AND EVERY LAW ENFORCEMENT.”
That threat remains under investigation.