UPDATE: Marquette man accused of making false bomb threat to hospital sentenced to jail

The felony charge for a bomb threat has been dismissed.
Patrick Bassett, 70, of Marquette.
Patrick Bassett, 70, of Marquette.(WLUC)
Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 10, 2023 at 1:44 PM EST
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: The Marquette man arrested in December for allegedly calling in a false bomb threat to UPHS-Marquette has been sentenced.

Patrick Bassett, 70, of Marquette was sentenced to a minimum of 183 days in jail and one year probation Monday afternoon in Marquette County District Court.

Bassett was arrested Dec. 2 after allegedly calling the hospital and saying there were explosives in the facility. This led UPHS-Marquette staff and patients to enter a lockdown for almost three hours while law enforcement searched the property. The search determined there was no threat.

He was originally charged with making a false bomb threat, a felony, and malicious use of a telecommunications service, a misdemeanor. However, at a Dec. 14 hearing, he plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge and his case was disposed. The felony charge was dismissed on an order of “nolle prosequi.”

Bassett is scheduled for review and probation discharge on Jan. 9, 2024.

Last published: Dec 5, 2022 4:56:49 PM

The Marquette man arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat to UPHS-Marquette was arraigned.

Patrick Bassett, 70, of Marquette was arraigned in Marquette County District Court Monday morning. He is charged with making a false bomb threat, a felony, and malicious use of telecommunications services, a misdemeanor.

Bassett was arrested Friday after allegedly calling the hospital and saying there were explosives in the facility. This led UPHS-Marquette staff and patients to enter a lockdown for almost three hours while law enforcement searched the property. The search determined there was no threat.

Bassett is being held in Marquette County Jail on a $50,000 cash or surety bond. He will appear in court again on Dec. 14 at 10:15 a.m. for a probable cause conference.

Last published: Dec 2, 2022 2:47:48 PM

The Marquette man arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat to UPHS-Marquette Friday has served prison time for making similar threats before.

Patrick Bassett, 70, of Marquette is in the Marquette County jail facing charges of false report or threat of a bomb. He is accused of causing UPHS-Marquette staff and patients to go into lockdown.

An archived press release on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website, however, revealed Bassett was arrested for making similar threats to a school in New York nearly twelve years ago. According to U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) revealed that on Feb. 6, 2011, Bassett called Fairport High School in Fairport, N.Y. from Michigan and left a voicemail saying there was a bomb in the girl’s locker room.

As a result of the threat, students were kept on buses and in classrooms while the building was searched. No bomb was found.

Bassett pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced on Feb. 14, 2012 to two years in prison.

The release also said at the time, Bassett believed that his ex-girlfriend’s daughter was attending Fairport High School and he made the threat because of past issues with his ex-girlfriend. Bassett admitted that he had made numerous telephone calls and sent letters to his ex-girlfriend and her family which they found to be threatening and harassing since 2001.

The next court date pertaining to Bassett’s Marquette threats is not yet known. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Last published: Dec 2, 2022 12:42:55 PM

A Marquette man is in jail after allegedly making a bomb threat to UPHS-Marquette Friday morning.

According to the Marquette Police Department, 70-year-old Patrick Bassett of Marquette is in the Marquette County Jail and faces a charge of false report or threat of a bomb. He’s accused of causing UPHS-Marquette staff and patients to go into a lockdown.

Officers from the Marquette Police Department (MPD) responded to UPHS-Marquette at around 3:40 a.m. Friday morning due to a reported bomb threat.

UPHS-Marquette reported an unknown male contacted the hospital and said there were explosives placed in the facility. The hospital was placed in lockdown.

MPD officers, MPD explosive detection K9 Odin, and hospital security searched the hospital, but did not find anything suspicious. After determining there was no threat, the hospital was removed from lockdown at around 6:20 a.m.

After further investigation, the MPD identified and arrested Bassett. He is currently lodged at the Marquette County Jail.

UPHS-Marquette released a statement Friday afternoon, saying:

“At UP Health System – Marquette, our top priority is the safety of our patients, employees, providers and visitors, and we take any threat to this safety very seriously. Early this morning, we responded quickly to a threat made toward the hospital. Our team followed the appropriate protocols and engaged the authorities to investigate and manage the incident. Out of an abundance of caution, we implemented a temporary lockdown of our hospital campus, which has now been lifted. We continue to work with our local police department on this matter and want to ensure our community that patients, staff and visitors are safe at UP Health System – Marquette. We are proud of the swift action of our team and grateful to the authorities who are assisting.”

The MPD was assisted by the Marquette Fire Department.