Howard Ballew charged with making bomb threat at Jupiter Medeical Center ER

JUPITER, Fla. - A 57-year-old man has been arrested and charged with making a bomb threat at the Jupiter Medical Center emergency room on Sunday.

Jupiter Police say that they were called to the hospital just before 7 p.m. for a bomb threat.

Martin County paramedics transported the suspect, Howard Ballew, to the Jupiter ER.  They said Ballew was being transported because of his level of intoxication.

Ballew told paramedics that there was a bomb in his bag that would go off in four minutes.

Two minutes later, Ballew told paramedics that, "I've changed my mind. I'm a terrorist, and I don't want to die.  There's a bomb in my bag."

Jupiter police checked the bag and the Martin County ambulance and did not find a bomb.

Ballew, according to investigators, disrupted medical services at the Jupiter Medical Center and was charged with making a false report about a bomb.

According to Ballew, the bomb threat was made because he did not want to go back to rehab.

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