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UPDATE: Arrest warrant issued for Alda man following investigation into hospital incident

36-year-old James Timmerman
36-year-old James Timmerman(Hall County Sheriff's Department)
Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 1:43 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2021 at 12:11 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hall County Sheriff’s Office has released new information into what occurred over at the Grand Island Regional Medical center.

Grand Island Police Captain Jim Duering said police were called out to the hospital around 11:30 a.m. Thursday for a subject reporting to be threatened by a firearm.

Ashley Suttles with Grand Island Regional said a victim had notified emergency room staff of being threatened by a person with a gun. That forced the hospital to go into a lockdown, meaning nobody was allowed in or out.

The sheriff’s office said deputies contacted the victim and after the investigation determined 36-year-old James Timmerman had pointed a handgun at the victim and threatened to shoot her at their residence in Alda at approximately 10 a.m. that day. HCSO said Timmerman also physically assaulted the victim and stole items from her.

Timmerman then transported the victim to Grand Island Regional after she complained of an injury. He accompanied the victim into the hospital but left shortly afterwards.

Timmerman’s whereabouts are unknown at this time and he should be considered armed and dangerous.

An arrest warrant has been issued for him for the following criminal charges: Terroristic Threats, Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony, Domestic Assault 3rd Degree, Assault by Strangulation, Robbery, and False Imprisonment.

If you have information on Timmerman’s whereabouts please contact the Sheriff’s Department at 308-385-5200 or call 911.

ORIGINAL STORY: 9/23/21

Authorities are investigating after they were called out to the Grand Island Regional Medical Center for a possible armed person.

Grand Island Police Captain Jim Duering said police were called out to the hospital around 11:30 a.m. Thursday for a subject reporting to be threatened by a firearm.

Ashley Suttles with Grand Island Regional said a victim had notified emergency room staff of being threatened by a person with a gun. That forced the hospital to go into a lockdown, meaning nobody was allowed in or out.

Captain Duering said once police arrived on scene, they looked for the subject but didn’t find him. After looking at surveillance video, it revealed he had left the hospital in a different vehicle.

The hospital lifted the lockdown just before noon. GIPD said schools and businesses in area did take extra precautions as well.

Suttles said no shots were fired and the person never got inside the hospital with a gun.

Captain Duering said it has been determined that the initial threatening incident happened outside city limits so that investigation has been turned over to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

GIPD said they have no reason to believe this person is still in the area and a threat.

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