Date of Release: October 17, 2007
Reference: Arrest in Portsmouth Hospital case
On Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 8:00 PM, the Portsmouth Police Department arrested the following individual:
Steven E. Mullins
Date of birth 05/18/86
632 Lilac Drive
Mr. Mullins was arrested for the following:
Placement of Simulated Explosives, a class A Felony.
This arrest is the result of an investigation that led to an arrest warrant from the Portsmouth Police Department, alleging that on October 13, 2007, Mr. Mullins purposely placed a suspicious device resembling a bomb on the exterior of the emergency room of the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. At that time, members of the New Hampshire State Police Bomb Squad, the Portsmouth Fire Department and the Seacoast Technical Assistance Response Team were called in to assist the Portsmouth Police Department.
It was determined that the device was not an actual bomb. At no time was patient care compromised.
Members of the Portsmouth Regional Hospital management team assisted the Portsmouth Police Department during this initial call, as well as with this investigation.
Mr. Mullins was processed at the Portsmouth Police Department and released on personal recognizance bail for a November 19, 2007 arraignment in Portsmouth District Court.
Mr. Mullins, who was employed as a maintenance worker at the hospital, has since been relieved of duty and barred from the hospital. Other criminal charges against Mr. Mullins will be forthcoming pending the completion of further investigation by the Portsmouth Police Departments Bureau of Investigative Services.
Anyone with any further information is asked to call Detective Thomas Hart at 436-2511, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 431-1199 or 1-207-439-1199, or their website, www.seacoastcrimestoppers.org.