Former Medtronic worker sues company, police over arrest in bomb threat hoax

January 29, 2015 by Brad Perriello

A former Medtronic worker sues the company and police in Brooklyn Park, Minn., alleging false arrest and imprisonment after he was taken into custody as a suspect in a pair of hoax bomb threats made against the medical device company 2 years ago.

A former Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) employee is suing police, the city of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and the company itself for allegedly implicating him in a pair of hoax bomb threats phoned in to Medtronic 2 years ago.

Chia Doua Yang alleges that a pair of supervisors fingered him as a suspect during the police investigation of the January 2013 bomb threats, leading to his arrest and detention for 2 nights, according to Yang’s complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for Minnesota.

The 1st threat was called in Jan. 21, 2013, to Medtronic’s customer service line, claiming that there were bombs in a Medtronic facility in Brooklyn Park, according to court documents. Police and firefighters checked the building and found nothing amiss, according to the lawsuit; the 1st call was later traced to a phone at the New River Medical Center in nearby Monticello. The 2nd call, made a day later from a different phone, made a similar false threat that there was a bomb at the Brooklyn Park plant. Police also investigated that call and found nothing, according to the complaint.


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