41-year-old man accused of walking into Mass. hospital and claiming to have bomb vest

A Lawrence man was arrested Monday morning after police say he walked into a Massachusetts hospital and told an employee he had a bomb vest. 

Authorities say James Tirado, 41, of Lawrence walked into the Holy Family Hospital at 70 East St. around 1 a.m. Tirado walked up to a hospital employee and claimed to have a bomb vest. 

Officers headed to the scene and found Tirado in the parking lot. Investigators found two backpacks and a small suitcase outside the emergency room entrance. Based on Tirado’s previous statement, the Methuen Police’s explosives detection dog and Massachusetts State Police Bomb Unit were called to the scene. 

Officials determine the bags and suitcases were not a threat. Tirado was charged with causing a bomb scare and drug possession. 

Police said the emergency room was secured and patients were temporarily re-routed to other hospital entrances. Tirado was caught with prescription drugs on him, according to investigators. 

“I am proud of the swift and professional work by our officers to bring this situation to a peaceful end,” Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said. “We take these threats very seriously, and want to reassure everyone that the hospital is safe and that there is no threat to the community.” 


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