On Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at approximately 3:45 p.m. three incendiary devices went off inside trash cans within McLaren Port Huron Hospital. Port Huron Police were called to the scene and confirmed there were no injuries and no damage. However, the explosions made a loud sound that frightened and terrorized staff inside the hospital.
Officers, Detectives, and members of the Major Crimes Unit collected evidence and will be sending samples to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab to identify the substance used to cause the small explosions.
Detectives and the Major Crimes Unit worked cooperatively with McLaren Port Huron and identified a suspect. The suspect was a contracted employee at the hospital. After an interview was conducted on Thursday, November 5th, the suspect was placed under arrest, and transported to the St. Clair County Intervention Center on a variety of Explosive Charges.
On Sunday, November 8, 2020 the suspect, Michael Patrick Barna, a 59 year old male Clyde Township resident, was arraigned on two charges: Explosives Violation – Vulnerable Target (health facility), a 20 year felony Explosive & Sending with intent to fright, a 5 year felony.
Michael Barna’s bond was set at $30,000 or 10%. He has a probable cause conference scheduled on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 9 a.m.
Submitted by the Port Huron Police Department