Man arrested in connection to bomb threat at Galax nursing home

No explosives were located at the nursing home

Jason Hill has been arrested in connection with a bomb threat at a nursing home (Galax Police Department)

GALAX. Va. – A man in Galax is wanted for threatening to bomb a nursing home Monday evening, according to the Galax Police Department.

At about 5:05 p.m., the Galax Police Department received a call from the Galax Health and Rehabilitation Center located on 836 Glendale Road. Police said an employee received a call from someone saying he was placing a bomb in the facility.

Galax Police responded to the scene and secured the area with Galax Fire and Rescue on standby in a nearby area.

Due to the fact that no one has been allowed inside due to COVID-19 protocols, residents were sheltered in place.

Virginia State Police and Virginia Tech Police assisted by providing detection dogs and conducting a preliminary search of the facility.

The suspect was identified as 37-year-old Jason Lee Hill. But while officers were obtaining a warrant for his arrest, another call came into the police department from a resident on Skyview Drive, saying Hill made threats to them and fled back to his own home.

Galax Police and Grayson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Skyview Drive and found Hill with a self-inflicted knife wound to his arm. He was transported to Twin County Hospital by Galax-Grayson EMS for treatment.

Hill was released by Twin County Hospital just after midnight on Tuesday and was taken into custody, police said. Hill is being held without bond at the New River Regional Jail pending an advisement hearing in Galax General District Court.

At about 7:15 p.m., officers cleared the nursing home and no explosives were located.

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