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Man arrested in "security issue" at Mercy - North Iowa

Mason City police say he was picked up in Hardin County.

Posted: Mar 14, 2018 11:45 AM
Updated: Mar 15, 2018 7:22 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa – An arrest is made in an incident that led to increased security at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa for two days, but those living near the hospital say they had no idea what was going on.

"I didn't see anybody," said Linda Schumaker of Mason City.

Alonzo Hill

"I saw something on Facebook Tuesday afternoon," said Jessi Rozen.

Police were called to the hospital around 9:46 pm Tuesday on a report of a disorderly male. Hospital officials said the man threatened Mercy staff. Mason City police could not locate immediately locate the man and officers worked with Mercy – North Iowa overnight and through Wednesday to ensure the safety of staff and patients something that is giving Rozen some piece of mind.

"I have a lot of faith in the Mason City Police Department," she said. "If they felt like we needed to know more information they would let us know. I just trust that they know what they're doing and will takecare of us."

The Mason City Police Department identified the man as 49-year-old Alonzo Hill of Steamboat Rock. A warrant was issued for his arrest and Hill and picked up around 2:30 pm Wednesday by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

Hill is facing a charge of 1st degree harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

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MASON CITY, Iowa - Security concerns over the past two days are a result of an individual who "made verbal threats against Mercy hospital," Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
Mercy said Mason City police were contacted immediately Tuesday when the threat was made and worked with the individual “to de-escalate the situation but continued to monitor the individual until he left the area.”
Mercy says it doesn’t believe the person is in Cerro Gordo County anymore “but are taking extra security precautions for the safety of our employees, patients and visitors.”
Mason City police said Wednesday afternoon that no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

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