Escaped Inmate Suspected of Phoning in Hospital Bomb Threats

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CULLMAN, Ala. (WHNT) -- An escaped inmate in Marshall County is back in custody, arrested in Cullman County around midnight.  Three hours prior, at the time of the escape, bomb threats were called in at three hospitals.  Authorities believe all of the crimes are connected.

Jeremy Lewayne Lang (Photo source: Arab Police)

Jeremy Lewayne Lang (Photo source: Arab Police)

Jeremy Lewayne Lang escaped from the Arab jail Sunday evening at 8:20.  Around the same time, bomb threats were called in at Cullman Regional Medical Center, Marshall Medical Center North, and Marshall Medical Center South.  All three hospitals were searched and cleared.

In Cullman, authorities evacuated 55 patients and shut down the hospital and emergency room.  Several ambulances and shuttle buses were used to evacuate the patients and staff.  Critical care patients were taken to the former Woodland Medical Center property, which is about 8 miles away.  Ambulatory patients were taken to the Cullman Civic Center, where American Red Cross personnel were on hand to assist.

Cullman Police searched all 5 floors of the hospital and found nothing.  "Someone could lose their life over this," said Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper.  "When you're transferring seriously ill people from multiple hospitals this is deadly serious and we take it that way," Culpepper said.

The all clear was given around 10:30 p.m.  All patients were back inside the hospital around 2 hours later.

Cullman Police consider Lang a person of interest in the threats.  He will be questioned later today.