MONTE VISTA—A bomb threat was called into a Monte Vista clinic on Thursday leading to a police investigation.
Monte Vista Police Chief James Grayson said that the department responded to the call immediately and entered the clinic once all of the necessary personnel were at the location.
Dr. Ricardo Velasquez, chief medical officer for Valley-Wide Health Systems Inc., confirmed that the Edward M. Kennedy Health Clinic was closed on Thursday due to the call.
Law enforcement was quickly called in to handle the threat. Velasquez said they were advised a bomb would go off at 9:30 in the morning. Law enforcement personnel did not find a bomb, and they determined that it was not necessary to bring in a bomb squad.
Grayson said that threats are always taken seriously, “until they prove themselves otherwise.”
The clinic reopened on Friday as there were no further incidences. Staff members were available to patients at alternate locations. Velasquez assures patients that Valley-Wide worked to ensure that there were options for their patients to receive care despite the threat.
Grayson said that no arrests have been made, but they do have a suspect. False reporting of explosives is a felony offence. Addressing rumors that the threat may have been a diversion to distract the police department; Grayson said “it does not appear to be connected to anyone else.”