US police arrest 70-year-old man who planned to steal a helicopter to “rescue” hospitalized coronavirus patients

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Lansing. Michigan police arrest a 70-year-old gunman who is said to have planned to steal a US Coast Guard helicopter and “rescue” hospitalized coronavirus patients, the British newspaper reported. The Independent

Jesse McFadden, of Omer, Michigan, has been charged with four offenses following a series of events that begin around 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

McFadden is said to have threatened to shoot the dispatchers in Arenak County and quarantine them during a 7.58 phone call, police said.

McFadden told dispatchers that he would shoot at the police station and head to a hospital in Stanish, Michigan, so he could turn off the power and get the keys to the ambulance.

He “wanted to cut off the hospital’s power supply, unlock the doors and release patients under COVID-19 quarantine,” the court document said.

Police say the 70-year-old also planned to steal a helicopter or boat from the U.S. Coast Guard station on the Saginou River in Essexville.

McFadden was armed. He was arrested at a gas station and taken to the police station.

Translation and editing: Julian Markov

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