James Tirado, 41, of Lawrence was arrested and charged with:
• Communicating a Bomb Scare
• Possession of a Class E Substance
Police say that at 1:08am., Methuen Police and Fire Departments responded to the emergency room lobby at Holy Family Hospital, 70 East St., after Mr. Tirado approached a hospital employee and claimed to have a bomb vest.
Upon arrival, officers located Tirado in the parking lot and found two backpacks and a small suitcase in the area outside the emergency room entrance.
As a result of the bags’ placement and Tirado’s statement, the Methuen Police Explosives Detection K-9 and the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Unit responded and determined that none of the bags contained explosives.
“This was a great example of collaboration between law enforcement agencies,” Mayor Zanni said.
“I commend everyone involved for their determined efforts to keep everyone safe.”
“I am proud of the swift and professional work by our officers to bring this situation to a peaceful end,” Chief 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.” Upon searching TIRADO, officers located multiple doses of prescription drugs Gabapentin and Burpropion. The emergency room was secured during the incident and patients were temporarily routed to other hospital entrances.