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May 7, 2013

CRMC bomb threat suspect charged with terrorist threat

A man accused of calling in a bomb threat three weeks ago at Cullman Regional Medical Center has been formally charged with making a terrorist threat.

Jeremy Lang, 33, of Marshall County is also facing a charge of rendering a false alarm, among other charges, in relation to the April 21 bomb threat of CRMC and two other North Alabama hospitals. He allegedly made the bomb threat call after escaping from an Arab jail.

Assistant Police Chief Craig Green said he hopes this will provide some closure to those affected by the bomb threat.

“The information was presented to [District Attorney] Wilson Blaylock and the warrants were issued,” Green said. “We appreciate the work of Mr. Blaylock and his office. Hopefully the arrest will offer some comfort to the patients that were affected by the bomb threat. We are very comfortable the person responsible for the threat is in jail where he belongs.”  

With the threat of a potential bomb on the campus of CRMC dozens of local law enforcement and hospital officials evacuated 55 patients and several employees from the Cullman hospital in a little over an hour, making way for a top-to-bottom search by police.

Lang escaped from the Arab Jail at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, April 21, when workers were moving inmates from one area of the facility to another.

The bomb threats were called in to a 911 operator in Marshall County at approximately 8:30 p.m., and investigators believe the threats were meant to distract authorities while Lang tracked down a former girlfriend in the Holly Pond area. By 10:30 p.m. authorities had cleared the hospital, finding no sign of any explosive device and the hospital was declared safe.

Lang was arrested at the intersection of County Roads 1804 and 1802 in the Holly Pond area that same night. Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey said deputies had staked out the location after reportedly learning Lang might attempt to harm someone.

“After he escapes from the Arab City Jail, he called his girlfriend in the Joppa community and told her he was going to kill her,” Rainey said. “We were waiting on him. We had our lights off and saw a car coming up and he was in the backseat. He at first tried to hide his face from us.”

Lang reportedly hitched a ride with some unsuspecting motorists, and he was with them when authorities swarmed the vehicle and made the arrest. When Lang was apprehended, he was reportedly in possession of a gas can, a cigarette lighter and a siphoning hose.

Lang is currently being held at the Cullman County Detention Center on a $30,000  bond and on other charges. Both rendering false alarm and a terrorist threat are class-C felonies.

Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext 270.

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