An Ottawa man suspected of using social media to make criminal threats Saturday against police officers and Ransom Memorial Hospital remained in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center on Monday.
The suspect, Jeremy Penland, 38, did not have a court date set as of Monday, according to the jail.
Penland, who made threats to “shoot up” Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa, was taken into custody by Ottawa police officers at 8:22 p.m. Saturday. He also made threats earlier in the day to shoot police officers. Penland was apprehended near South Cedar Street after a brief foot pursuit, according to police.
Before attempts were made to locate Penland and confirm the threats, Ransom Memorial Health officials chose to lock down the hospital at 7:17 p.m., Ottawa Police Chief Dennis Butler said in a news release. Officers with the Ottawa Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the hospital to protect the staff and patients from potential harm, the release said.
A separate team of officers were assembled to locate Penland. During this effort a vehicle was seen leaving the house of a Penland associate, according to the release.
At 8:18 p.m. officers made a traffic stop on East Second Street near the intersection with South Cedar Street. The driver of the car was cooperative, but a man ignored officers’ instructions and exited the car, according to the release. Butler said the man was recognized by officers, deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers as Penland.
Penland would not follow officers’ instructions and concealed one of his hands behind his back before fleeing down an alley between East Second and East Third streets, Butler said. Penland ran west between houses and was apprehended near South Cedar Street after being subdued with a Taser and taken into custody, according to the release.
Penland was transported to the adult detention center, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa, on suspicion of making criminal threats in the RMH incident, Butler said. He was also arrested on charges in other cases from earlier in the day and in the past several days, he said.
Those cases included: Case No. 1 involved arrests for aggravated assault, criminal threat, aggravated endangering a child, domestic battery and reckless driving, according to the release. Case No. 2 involved criminal threats to shoot Ottawa Police officers at the Ottawa Law Enforcement Center. Case No. 3 involved felony interference with law enforcement and resisting arrest.
Penland was taken to RMH for a medical evaluation because of the Taser deployment, under department protocol. The driver of the car was cooperative and released from the scene of the traffic stop, according to the release.
Anyone with information on these cases is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Department at (785) 242-1700.