Bangor man allegedly threatened to ‘shoot up’ health care facility over Prozac prescription

Posted Nov. 08, 2013, at 5:48 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 09, 2013, at 2:32 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A District Court judge Friday set bail at $2,500 for a local man who caused a security alert at a health care facility Thursday after learning that Kip Reischman allegedly threatened to “shoot the place up” if he didn’t get a refill on a prescription for Prozac.

When police searched Reischman’s home and charged him with Class C terrorizing, no guns were found, Brendan Trainor, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said after Reischman, 56, of Bangor made his first court appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

“According to the police report, he told staff, ‘You guys got to get me my prescription filled,’” Trainor said. “‘If I go without my Prozac, my neighbor will be upset and I’ll shoot the whole place up.’”

Officials at the Union Street facility reacted as if the threat could have been directed at their staff.

Trainor said that when police arrived at Reischman’s home, he told them he had been kidding.

Prozac is described as an antidepressant by the website drugs.com.

Reischman told District Court Judge John Lucy on Friday through Aaron Frey, acting as lawyer of the day, that he could not afford to post any bail money due to his limited income.

The District Attorney’s Office requested $10,000 cash bail.

Bangor police said Thursday that the switchboard at Eastern Maine Healthcare Mall on Union Street received a phone call about 9:31 a.m. that was considered threatening. Police and staff identified Reischman as a suspect, according to a previously published report.

The terrorizing charge, usually a misdemeanor, was elevated to a felony because staff were concerned enough about the alleged threat to partially lock down the facility, Trainor said. Patient appointments were not interrupted, according to an EMHS spokeswoman.

If Reischman were to make bail, conditions would include not possessing guns or other dangerous weapons, not returning to the Healthcare Mall or being on any property owned by Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems except for emergency treatment. He remained at Penobscot County Jail Friday afternoon.

If convicted, Reischman faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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