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Man Accused of Threatening Explosive Attack at Pomerado Hospital on Yelp

Updated 5:17 p.m. Friday with statement from Palomar Health.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly threatening on Yelp to use firearms and explosives in an attack on his former coworkers at Pomerado Hospital in Poway.

Jelaan Ayinde Miles was arrested after detectives executed a search warrant at a home on the 2500 block of Fenton Parkway in San Diego late Thursday night, seizing several computers, a firearm and ammunition, according to a news release and interview.

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jeffrey Duckworth declined to specify what type of firearm was seized, or what types of explosives were mentioned in the Yelp threat. He did say that no explosives were found at the home during the late-night search.

Officials first learned of the Yelp post early Thursday afternoon, Duckworth said. In the post, a person who claimed to be a former Pomerado Hospital employee “directed the threats against specific hospital staff members and indicated firearms and possibly explosives would be used in the attacks at the hospital,” according to a news release.

Duckworth said “multiple” people were named in the threat, but he did not provide an exact number. Poway detectives, hospital staff and the Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team (CATCH) began investigating and hospital staff implemented unnamed security changes.

Hospital spokesman Leonel Sanchez provided the following statement to Patch:

Palomar Health on Thursday received reports of online threats made against specific employees and immediately notified the appropriate authorities and increased security at its facilities. The specific employees were notified and precautions were taken to ensure their safety.

We are aware that a former employee has been arrested and are referring any further questions to the Sheriff’s Department. Palomar Health values the safety of its patients, employees and staff members and takes any threat made against their well-being very seriously.

Miles was booked into San Diego County Jail just before 3 a.m. Friday and bail was set at $350,000 on five felony threat charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff Department’s non-emergency line at 858-513-2800.

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Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story misspelled the name of the suspect due to an error in a news release.


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