Man arrested after starting small fires at hospital, threatening he had a gun and bomb

Published 11:33 am Monday, June 27, 2022

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A man has been arrested after allegedly starting small fires in a patient’s room and threatening he had a gun and a bomb, according to a press release from the LaGrange Police Department.

James E. Smith III was charged with aggravated assault, arson first degree, terroristic threats (felony) and battery.

Upon arrival, LPD officers assisted hospital security and staff in subduing Smith. Prior to being taken into custody, he advised the hospital staff that he had a gun and a bomb, and that the GBI needed to be notified because this was a hostage situation. Smith then turned on the in-room oxygen system and continued to light fires in an attempt to cause an explosion in the hospital.