SAN DIEGO — San Diego Police has detained a man who works at Rady Children’s Hospital after he made several threats to his co-workers.
Police say they confiscated between 12-13 guns from the home of Augusto Siason after the Human Relations team at Rady Children’s alerted police to his threats.
Officers responded to the hospital on February 7 after learning Siason made threats several weeks prior. Officers spoke with several employees and took witness statements. They were then able to file a gun violence emergency protective order and an on-call judge approved it the same night. The protective order prevents Siason from being able to purchase any weapons and allowed police to take his guns from his home.
After being detained, Siason was taken to a mental hospital for evaluation.
Days Children’s hospital released a statement saying, “At Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, the safety of our patients, family and staff is always our top priority. In response to a potential safety concern directed at specific employees, Rady Children's main campus is currently on heightened security status. We have taken steps to assure safety for patients, staff and visitors, including working closely with law enforcement.”
It is unclear if Siason is still at the mental hospital. The law requires patients to stay for 72 hours, but after that stay is voluntary. The protection order that prevents Siason from purchasing firearms expires February 28, but the City Attorney can decide if a more permanent order will be placed.
The hospital says they have extra security in place.