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UPDATE: Bail Set at $50,000 for Man Accused of Calling in Bomb Threat to Sanford

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A judge has set a man's bail at $50,000 dollars cash or bond after he was accused of making threats directed at Sanford Health in Fargo.

Peter Rovang made his first first appearance via interactive TV in Cass County Court on Wednesday after being extradited from Moorhead. He was assigned a public defender and told he cannot contact Sanford Health unless he needs medical services.

Rovang is charged with terrorizing in connection with a security scare at the Sanford Health campus downtown on Friday. Three threateneing phone calls were made mentioning blasts, putting the campus on lockdown. 


A Moorhead man is facing a terrorizing charge in connection with a security threat that put the downtown Sanford hospital on high alert last Friday.

Police arrested Peter Jonathan Rovang, 53, of Moorhead, MN for terrorizing on Friday night. He is being held at the Clay County Jail.  
Police say a total of three threatening phone calls were made to Sanford Health. And, at least two of those calls have been traced to Rovang.

Investigators aren't releasing a motive, but say Rovang was involved in a prior incident with the hospital.

The terrorizing charge is a Class C Felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. A person is guilty of a Class C Felony if, with intent to place another human being in fear for that human being’s or another’s safety or to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation, or otherwise to cause serious disruption or public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror, disruption, or inconvenience, the person:

1. Threatens to commit any crime of violence or act dangerous to human life; or

2. Falsely informs another that a situation dangerous to human life or commission of a crime of violence is imminent knowing that the information is false.


Sanford Health has returned to normal after a high-security Friday morning and afternoon. Fargo Police say after 10:30 this morning the Sanford Health downtown campus received a threatening phone call. 

Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel says the caller made mention of a "blast," but police say they are unclear about what exactly that means. Police are investigating where the call came from and who may have made the call. Sanford Security swept all levels of the main Sanford campus and Fargo police patrolled limited entrances. Fargo Sanford Medical Center President Paul Richard said they would operate "business as usual" as much as possible on Friday, but some of those inside say they were a little uneasy.

"All I got from the officers was that it was a security lock down. I just honestly wanted to get out of there just in case something bad was going to happen," says Roseau native Anna Nelson. " It was a little scary. I'm from a small town, so something like this hasn't happened before," she says.

Police say they will keep investigating until they gain confidence that the threat is completely gone.


The Fargo Police Department and Sanford Health are holding a news conference at 11:45 a.m. to discuss a security threat at Sanford Hospital. Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel confirms with Valley News Live that a bomb threat was made Friday morning.Fargo Police alerted media just before 11:30 a.m. of the security threat. Valley News Live will carry the news conference live and bring you more information as it becomes available.
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