LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Authorities located the suspect in Houston after CHI St. Luke's Memorial Hospital in Lufkin briefly locked down the tower that contains its ICU and step-down facilities on Wednesday because of an ongoing security threat involving a gun.
Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the Lufkin Police Department, said David Conway, the 42-year-old suspect, was caught in Houston shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday. Conway will be charged with misdemeanor harassment. Pebsworth said LPD detectives were going to travel to Houston Wednesday night to take him into custody and bring him back to Lufkin.
The incident occurred Wednesday, and the hospital evacuated all of its guests from that area. The hospital's security personnel and Lufkin Police officers joined forces to deal with the potential threat.
"The facility is locked down," Yana Ogletree, a spokeswoman for CHI St. Luke's Memorial, said at a media luncheon Wednesday. "Obviously, our No. 1 priority is keeping our patients, staff, and guests safe."
"They told us we had to go down to the lobby," visitor Sheila Runnels said. "It was all kind of chaos trying to find out what was going on and why we were in the lobby. They were telling us it was a security threat."
According to a press release, Conway allegedly made threats against family members over the care of his dying mother, who is at CHI St. Luke's Memorial.
"The man reportedly got into a disagreement Tuesday night with family members over his mother's care and during a phone call around noon today threatened to bring a gun up to the hospital where his mother is in the ICU," the press release stated.