Man indicted for October bomb threat at UMC - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Man indicted for October bomb threat at UMC

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Raul Espinoza (Provided by Lubbock County Sheriff's Office) Raul Espinoza (Provided by Lubbock County Sheriff's Office)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Update: Espinoza was indicted on Tuesday, Jan. 3 and will be headed to trial.

Patients and staff were evacuated from the University Medical Center emergency room Monday, Oct. 17 after a man in the waiting room - Raul Espinoza, 54 - indicated to staff he was in possession of a bomb and was preparing to detonate it, Lubbock police say.

Espinoza's statements were reported to an LPD officer working off duty at the ER who took Espinoza into custody without incident.  The LPD Bomb Unit and Person's Crimes investigators responded to UMC.  No explosive device was located and the ER was cleared to return to normal functions, police say. 

UMC Vice President Greg Bruce says patients were temporarily moved for their own safety.

"We did relocate our patients from the emergency center for a few minutes to our helicopter pad while law enforcement assessed the situation," Bruce said.

Espinoza was arrested and charged with a felony count of terroristic threat.

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