William Harrison Jr., 58, of rural Allamakee County, has been charged with felony threat of terrorism and two counts of aggravated misdemeanor harassment in connection with threats made to the Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) in Decorah Saturday, Nov. 24, according to the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office.
At about 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24, WMC received a threat of multiple acts of violence directed at WMC and staff via a phone call. The threat was immediately reported to the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office.
The Decorah Police Department and Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office began a joint investigation with assistance from the Winneshiek County Attorney’s Office.
On Thursday, Nov. 29, an arrest warrant and search warrant were served on Harrison at his residence in rural Allamakee County. Harrison was taken into custody without incident, and transported to the Winneshiek County Jail. Additional charges are pending.
The Decorah/Winneshiek Joint Special Response Team was deployed to serve the warrant. The Iowa State Patrol and Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office and Winneshiek Medical Center Ambulance also assisted with serving the warrants.