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Man accused of threatening to shoot up San Antonio hospital

SAN ANTONIO – A man accused of threatening a San Antonio emergency room is now facing a felony charge of making a terroristic threat.

Jonathan Ernest Garcia, 26, made several phone calls to the Methodist Hospital ER in Westover Hills on Dec. 19 and said he was going to shoot it up, according to an arrest affidavit. He made the calls about every 5 minutes during the span of 45 minutes, the affidavit states.

The day prior, Garcia went to the ER for abdominal pain.

During that time, Garcia “requested specific narcotics which the hospital would not provide for him,” the affidavit states.

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When Methodist called Garcia for a followup, he began the series of threatening phone calls, the affidavit states.

Garcia is also accused of previously threatening to shoot up a San Antonio Fire Department fire station.

He was booked into the Bexar County Jail on Tuesday, online jail records show. His bond was set at $10,000.

Methodist Healthcare has since released the following statement:

“Our top priority is always patient safety. Upon receiving these phone calls, we immediately notified local law enforcement who responded quickly. We are grateful for their partnership to help keep our patients and communities safe.”


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