Michigan man arrested following threatening phone calls to Emporia school, hospital

Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 11:48 AM CDT
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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) - A 26-year-old Michigan man is behind bars after making various threatening phone calls to locations around Emporia including a preschool and a hospital.

The Emporia Police Department says following threatening phone calls to area businesses and organizations, including Maynard Early Childhood Center and Newman Regional Health, Tyler Sanders, 26, of Lansing, Mich., is behind bars.

According to EPD, the calls started appearing on Wednesday evening, Sept. 1. Newman Regional Health reported that someone had called and threatened to “shoot up” the hospital. It was able to find that evening that the call came from Lansing, Mich.

On Thursday morning, Sept. 2, staff at Maynard Early Childhood Center also received a threatening phone call. Following the call, morning classes were canceled and the school was placed under lockdown. After it was found that there was no threat to the school, students and staff were allowed to safely return for afternoon classes.

According to EPD, other businesses that received a threatening phone call on Thursday morning include Emporia Christian School, the Emporia Recreation Center and the Buckle.

EPD said it worked closely with police in Lansing to apprehend Sanders. He remains in custody in Lansing.

According to the police, Sanders could face criminal charges in Lyon Co. for five counts of aggravated criminal threat as well as additional charges in Michigan and Louisiana.

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