Alonzo Louis Hill, 49, is accused of telling a Mercy employee via phone that he was “going to the hospital to shoot” the employee for allowing people to visit a hospitalized relative, according to the Mason City Police Department criminal complaint. 

He has been identified as living in Eldora and Steamboat Rock, both of which are located in Hardin County. 

Mason City police officers were dispatched to the hospital after the incident, which was reported about 9:46 p.m. Tuesday, but were unable to locate Hill, according to a news release.

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The police department said it worked with Mercy staff to ensure the safety of employees and patients overnight and through the day Wednesday.

Hill was arrested by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on misdemeanor first-degree harassment charges.

He is being held on a $2,000 bond at the Hardin County Jail. A court date hasn’t been set.

— Ashley Miller

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