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Corner Brook man charged with uttering threats at Western Memorial Regional Hospital released

Glen Freake, 40, enters provincial court in Corner Brook for a brief appearance on uttering threats charges Thursday afternoon
Glen Freake, 40, enters provincial court in Corner Brook for a brief appearance on uttering threats charges Thursday afternoon - Gary Kean

The Corner Brook man who was charged with uttering threats against Western Memorial Regional Hospital has been released from custody.

Glen Freake, 40, made a brief appearance at provincial court in Corner Brook late Thursday afternoon.

He was arrested at around 10 a.m. and charged with two counts of uttering threats. One charge involved threats against staff at the hospital and the other was a threat to damage hospital property.

There was no specific staff person named as the subject of threats, according to documents filed at provincial court.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said it was called to the hospital at around 8:30 a.m. in response to a complaint regarding a potential threat toward staff at the hospital and the arrest was made around 90 minutes later.

The Western Star has not been able to confirm reports that the man was not actually arrested at the hospital.

Police were seen maintaining a presence outside the hospital’s emergency department entrance at 9:30 a.m. and had left the scene shortly after 10 a.m., but no one was seen being taken into custody by those officers and removed from the hospital.

The public was coming and going as usual at the outpatient entrance located adjacent to the emergency department. Pedestrian traffic was freely flowing in and out of the hospital’s main entrance at the time also.

Hospital security staff were visible outside the building, but were not hindering anyone from entering or leaving.

The RNC issued a press release about the incident Thursday afternoon and said there was no concern for public safety.

When Freake appeared in court, Crown attorney Lori St. Croix indicated she was not opposed to his release on an undertaking. He was released and had his next provincial court date set for Sept. 4.

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