Man hospitalized after making comments similar to Vandy threat - WSMV News 4


Man hospitalized after making comments similar to Vandy threat

Posted: Updated: Oct 8, 2013 12:31 PM

A man transported to Metro General Hospital on Monday afternoon made comments to police similar to a threat from an unidentified caller earlier in the day related to Vanderbilt University.

Police said 26-year-old Anthony Pedigo was being driven to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by his father after ingesting about 90 pills when Pedigo passed out in the passenger seat.

Pedigo's father pulled the car over at a BP gas station at 1909 Eighth Ave. S., where rescuers were able to revive the young man, who then allegedly told rescuers he had a grenade in his pocket, which turned out to be a child's toy.

Pedigo was taken to Metro General and then the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute for treatment of the overdose and a psychological evaluation.

Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said there is a "stark potential correlation" between Pedigo's comments regarding the object in his pocket and an anonymous phone call placed earlier in the day to the Channel 4 newsroom.

An unidentified man called Channel 4's newsroom, and told an employee he had a grenade and that he was headed to Vanderbilt. Channel 4 relayed that information to police.

Vanderbilt police issued a campus-wide alert following the threat, but no evacuations or lockdowns were initiated.

Nothing suspicious was ever found, and campus officials reminded the university community to call campus police at 615-322-2745 any time you observe suspicious behavior.

Investigators are working to determine whether Pedigo is the same man who called in the threat, and no charges have been filed.

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