Johnson City Police and bomb squad units responded to a Lamont Street residence Friday night, after a man called 911 saying he had suicidal and homicidal thoughts, as well as the makings of a bomb inside a backpack, according to the police report.
According to JCPD Sgt. Greg Pohto, the 49-year-old Johnson City man called police between 9-9:10 p.m. and said he was suicidal and was having homicidal thoughts toward his girlfriend.
Police located the man in front of 420 Lamont Street and he told officers that the backpack on the sidewalk in front of the residence contained explosive material, according to the police report.
“He claimed that he had a bomb and we blocked off Lamont Street just as a precaution,” he said. “I don’t ... know what components were in there, but he was claiming he had the makings of a bomb.”
According to the report, the man was taken to an area hospital for an emergency committal and no one was harmed during the during the incident.
“Charges may be pending, but ... he’s not treated as a suspect right now,” Pohto said.