Falls Creek Man Accused of Threatening to Kill VA Doctors, Employees

FALLS CREEK, Pa. (EYT) – A Falls Creek man is facing a dozen criminal charges after allegedly threatening to kill VA employees.

Court documents indicate the Veterans Affairs Police Department (VAPD) filed criminal charges against 68-year-old Larry Lynn Donaldson, of Falls Creek.

According to a criminal complaint, on February 13, 2018, Larry Lynn Donaldson placed a telephone call to the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) located in Atlanta Georgia, allegedly stating that “he would not hurt the doctors, he would kill them.”

Based upon Donaldson’s remark, the VCL immediately notified Pittsburgh VAMC (Veterans Affairs Medical Center) Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Due to Donaldson being treated at the James E Vanzandt VAMC outpatient clinic in DuBois, the Altoona VAPD was notified of the situation, the complaint states.

At 12:41 p.m. on February 14, 2018, Cpl. Edwards contacted Donaldson by telephone, and Donaldson made the following statement, “he would not hurt the doctors, he would kill them.”

At 4:26 p.m. on February 15, 2018, Dr. Daniel Nackley (Chief Occupational Medicine of Compensation and Pension) composed a letter which states, “threat to four physicians, having firearms and repeatedly expressed intent towards the physicians. The defendant (Donaldson) has gone on record stating he has threatened individuals with a loaded firearm,” the complaint states.

While receiving Home Based Care provided by James E. VanZandt VAMC employees, there are several documents of Donaldson having loaded and unsecured firearms in the residence. The VA staff is concerned about Donaldson’s state of mind, and he is an extreme risk to hurt himself or others. The VA also has reservations of continuing his Home Based care for fear of safety for the VA employees, the complaint indicates.

According to the complaint, Donaldson’s objective to contact the VCL was to go on record and allegedly report the following:

– He is fed up with the VA, and they have caused him financial problems;
– He was denied a grant from the VA he was told he would get. The grant is for his house to be handicap equipped;
– He was denied equipment for a handicap vehicle. The VA denied his claim, then told him did not have a claim and that he never filed. When he showed the VA the claim they denied, they would no longer help him;
– The VA in Pittsburgh needs to be destroyed and cleaned up; and
– If he gets his hands on the VA doctors, he will kill them.

Based on the investigation, Donaldson was arraigned at 1:45 pm on Monday, March 19, in Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana’s office on following charges:

– Terroristic Threats W/ Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (four counts)
– Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Misdemeanor 3 (four counts)
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary (four counts)

Donaldson remains free on $25,000.00 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, with Judge Inzana presiding.

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