A former employee of Pomerado Hospital in Poway has been arrested and charged with allegedly making death threats against hospital staff members, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed on Friday.
According to officials, Pomerado Hospital security staff contacted Poway deputies on Thursday to report several death threats to their hospital staff members posted on the business review website, Yelp.com.
The author of the online threats claimed to be a former Pomerado Hospital employee. Investigators say the man was posting threats against specific hospital staff members and indicated that firearms and possibly explosives would be used in attacks at the hospital.
Detectives from the Poway Sheriff’s Station and the Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team (CATCH) quickly launched an investigation to trace the source of the online threats.
Meanwhile, deputies also worked with Pomerado Hospital staff to augment security at the hospital as officials continued to track down a suspect.
At 11 p.m. on Thursday, detectives served a search warrant at a home in the 2500 block of Fenton Parkway in San Diego.
Officials say detectives seized several computers and firearms from the home during the search and arrested Jelann Miles, 26, on suspicion of making terrorist threats against the hospital staff.
Officials confirm that Miles is a former employee of Pomerado Hospital. His motive for the threats remains unclear.
Miles was booked into jail and is being held on $350,000 bail, deputies said. The case will now be submitted to the San Diego County District Attorney’s office for review.
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