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Suspect in Sanford bomb threat had fought with security

Peter Rovang

FARGO – A Moorhead man accused of calling in a bomb threat against Sanford Medical Center on Friday had fought with security guards there just days before, court records allege.

Charging documents filed in Cass County District Court on Monday state that Peter Jonathan Rovang, 53, made the threats via phone to a Sanford operator.

The documents state Rovang called the hospital and demanded the names of the security officers with whom he’d been in a fight two days earlier.

When the operator would not disclose the names, Rovang allegedly told the operator he would “blow the place up” if he didn’t get what he wanted.

When Rovang’s call was transferred to a patient representative, he allegedly told that worker he would blow up the hospital if he didn’t get their names by 8 a.m. the next day.

Rovang later admitted to a Fargo police detective that he made the threats because he was frustrated over the fight, court records allege.

The threats prompted a modified lockdown at Sanford’s downtown facilities. For most of the day Friday, entrances were limited to just a handful of doors, and visitors were screened.

Police arrested Rovang on Friday night. He was being held in the Clay County Jail on Tuesday, awaiting a first appearance in Cass County District Court in Fargo.