FOUNTAIN HILL, Pa. April 21 2017- Authorities allege that a Bethlehem man being escorted out of St. Luke’s University Hospital Wednesday threatened to return and shoot the security guards.
Fountain Hill police charged Mark G. DeAngelo, of West Fourth Street, with three misdemeanor counts each of terroristic threats and harassment. District Judge Ronald Manescu arraigned the 60-year-old Wednesday night, setting bail at $25,000.
St. Luke’s staff told police that DeAngelo had been discharged from the emergency room, but refused to leave. He created a disturbance and was escorted out of the building shortly after 3 p.m., according to court records.
Security spotted him heading back into the building via the cancer center about 10 minutes later.
A trio of security guards found DeAngelo and again told him he needed to leave the hospital. That’s when he became agitated and began cursing at the guards. Once he was escorted into an elevator, DeAngelo reportedly told security that he owns several guns, including a .45 handgun, an AK-47 and an AR-15, according to police.
He threatened to return to the hospital armed and shoot all three guards and allegedly said, “Tell the cops if any of them show up at my house, I’m going to blow them away,” according to records.
DeAngelo failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 26.