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EMC placed on lockdown after ex-employee threatens gun violence
Emanuel Medical Center
Visitors to Emanuel Medical Center must have their proof of full vaccination or documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours ready to show staff upon entering the hospital, starting Aug. 11 (Journal file photo). - photo by Journal file photo

A Turlock man’s anger over losing his job at Emanuel Medical Center led to his arrest Tuesday after making threats to kill everyone at the hospital.

Kareem Mavis, 40, was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on a felony charge of making criminal threats after calling the hospital twice.

Mavis had been an employee at EMC, but was told Tuesday morning that he was being laid-off. A short time later the hospital received two threatening phone calls, including one where Mavis allegedly stated he had an “Uzi and would come kill everyone with it,” said Turlock Police spokesperson Sgt. Russ Holeman.

The hospital initiated its own lockdown and then notified the Turlock Police Department of the threats.

The police department established a perimeter around the hospital for about two hours and worked with the hospital’s security to make sure all individuals at the hospital were safe.

The extra security ended when investigators learned Mavis was at a local motel. Holeman said Mavis knew the police were looking for him and was taken into custody without incident.

He was not found in possession of any handgun.

Mavis remains in custody at the county jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail.