An Ottawa man suspected of using social media to make criminal threats Saturday against police officers and Ransom Memorial Hospital appeared in Franklin County District Court Wednesday where he was charged with 23 criminal offenses.
The suspect, Jeremy Penland, 38, remained Wednesday in the Franklin County Adult Detention Center, 305 S. Main St., on $250,000 bond.
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.
According to law enforcement, Penland is facing two counts of aggravated criminal threat, five counts of aggravated intimidation of a victim or witness, four counts of aggravated assault, five counts of criminal threat, three counts of aggravated endangering a child, one count of interference with law enforcement, one count of domestic battery, one count of battery and one count of reckless driving.
In the wake of the threats, Ransom Memorial Health officials chose to lock down the hospital at 7:17 p.m. Saturday as a precaution. 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, according to an Ottawa Police Department release issued Saturday night.
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 — who officers, deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers identified as Penland — ignored officers’ instructions and fled the car on foot down an alley between East Second and East Third streets, police 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.
In addition to the RMH incident, Penland also was arrested on charges in other cases from earlier in the day and in the past several days, according to the police department release.