Florida man in custody after family members report threats to burn down hospital: Deputies

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A Florida man is behind bars after threatening to burn down a hospital in a revenge plan aimed at attracting the FBI’s attention.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said a family member of 56-year-old Glen Schaeffer called deputies to report he left his home Monday night dressed in camouflage and possibly armed with a pipe bomb or Molotov cocktail.

Patrol units located Schaefer and attempted to stop him near US Highway 41 S and Pennsylvania Avenue, but he refused to exit his vehicle and eventually fled.

Later, deputies made contact with Schaefer again at his home in Gibsonton and took him into custody without incident.

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Glen Schaeffer, 56, is accused of threatening to burn down St. Joseph’s Hospital.
(Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies searched his vehicle and reportedly found two firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a bottle of an unknown liquid.

The HCSO bomb squad responded to the scene to investigate the liquid and bottles and found the liquid was not flammable. An agent from the Tampa Division of the FBI also responded to the location.

Schaefer admitted to detectives that he was “distraught and planning to burn the liquid at St. Joseph’s Hospital – South.” He also told detectives that the guns were intended for hospital security guards and “anyone else who could be a threat.”

The sheriff’s office said he admitted he wanted to get the FBI’s attention.

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A Google Earth image shows the exterior of St. Joseph’s Hospital.
(Google Earth)

In a statement, Sheriff Chad Chronister said ensuring community safety is a shared responsibility.

“I commend the family member in this case for reporting the suspect’s threatening behavior and our deputies for their quick actions that thwarted potential harm to others,” Chronister wrote.

A Florida man was arrested after threatening to burn down a hospital at his home and fleeing from police.

A Florida man was arrested after threatening to burn down a hospital at his home and fleeing from police.
(Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook)

Jail records show Schaefer is charged with felony counts of fleeing to elude and possession of a destructive device with intent to injure. He remains jailed on $9,500 bond.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation remains active and more charges may be pending.

Florida man in custody after family members report threats to burn down hospital: Deputies

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