According to Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper, the bomb threat called into Minden Medical Center earlier today was a false flag. The department is currently conducting an investigation in order to find out who placed the original call.
“State Police Bomb detection K-9 checked the boxes we needed checked. All was clear. We reopened the hospital about 3 p.m. We are trying to identify the phone number the threat came from. It’s under investigation,” said Chief Cropper.
The penalty for calling in a fake bomb threat is up to 15 years in Louisiana according to the Louisiana Revised Statutes that can be read below.
Louisiana Revised Statutes Tit. 14, § 54.1. Communicating of false information of planned arson
A. Communicating of false information of arson or attempted arson is the intentional impartation or conveyance, or causing the impartation or conveyance by the use of the mail, telephone, telegraph, word of mouth, or other means of communication, of any threat or false information knowing the same to be false, including bomb threats or threats involving fake explosive devices, concerning an attempt or alleged attempt being made, or to be made, to commit either aggravated or simple arson.
B. Whoever commits the crime of communicating false information of arson or attempted arson shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than fifteen years.