Man Arrested After Bomb Threat At Health Department Office In Berlin

Photo by Shawn Soper

BERLIN — An unidentified male suspect is in custody on Wednesday afternoon after walking into a Worcester County Health Department facility in Berlin with a backpack allegedly containing an explosive and threatening to cause harm to all in the area.

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the unidentified suspect entered the lobby of the Worcester County Health Department office in Berlin for an appointment. The county health department facility is located on Healthway Drive in a larger area that includes Atlantic General Hospital, the Barrett Medical Building, the Berlin Nursing Home and other health-related facilities.

According to Berlin Police, the suspect told reception area employees he had a bomb in the backpack and stated he intended to harm everyone in the area. The Worcester County Health Department initiated its protocols for an incident of this sort and contacted the Berlin Police Department.

Berlin Police responded and located the suspect, taking him into custody without further incident. The suspect was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury for a mental evaluation. His identity is not being released at this time because of his patient status.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K-9 explosive-sniffing units responded to the scene, as did the Ocean City Bomb Squad. A scan of the backpack and the immediate surrounding areas revealed no evidence of any explosive devices. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.