Man charged for threats against Borgess-Lee clinic
Authorities have released the name of the Dowagiac man suspected of threatening to shoot and kill employees of the local medical clinic Thursday morning.
Gregory Darnell Williams, 53, was charged with a count of terrorism, false report or threat of; attempted terrorism, false report or threat of; and malicious use of telecommunications during his arraignment in Cass County District Court Friday afternoon. Williams is currently being held on $100,000 bond.
Williams is suspected of making a threatening phone call to Borgess-Lee Medical Group clinic around 9 a.m. Thursday. According to police, the Dowagiac man told the medical assistant taking the call that he was going to shoot and kill certain employees at the facility and would be arriving at the location to carry out these acts of violence shortly after visiting a relative at The Timbers of Cass County nursing center.
Dowagiac police arrived soon after the call was made, placing the building and nearby Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, located across the street from the clinic, on lockdown. Officers were also dispatched to The Timbers to search for Williams.
Police located the man at the nursing facility, who had arrived around 9:30 a.m. and was met by an employee of the center who spoke to him before police arrived. Williams was taken in to custody by the officers without incident. According to The Timbers, no employees or residents of the facilities were harmed or threatened by Williams during the encounter.
Officers searched Williams and his vehicle after his arrest, and did not locate any weapons. Police are continuing to investigate this incident to determine if the suspect possesses any weapons or has access to them.
Williams’ next appearance in court is scheduled for March 24, at 1:30 p.m.