Shannon woman arrested after threatening to blow up Walmart pharmacy in Rome
According to a Rome Police Department incident report, on September 25th, 2020, at 10:06 AM, Officer Sutton responded to the Walmart located at 2505 Redmond Circle in Reference to a terroristic threat. The officer made contact with the loss prevention manager, who stated that their pharmacist had received a threat to blow up the pharmacy. The manager directed the officer to Dr. Patel, the pharmacist, who stated that a Retha Hood, 76 of Shannon, had requested a previous prescription to be filled. However, due it being a controlled substance, Dr. Patel told Hood that she would need an updated prescription. Dr. Patel stated that Hood left the store. Dr. Patel stated a few minutes later, she received a telephone call by Hood, who identified herself by name and date of birth. Dr. Patel pulled up her chart and again explained she would need a new prescription to have her medications dispensed. Dr. Patel stated that Hood became irate and started using profane language. She stated that Hood said, "[I] will be coming back to the pharmacy, and if [I] don't get my medications, [I] will blow up the pharmacy, and there will be nothing left in the Pharmacy." As the officer was taking a statement from Dr. Patel, the officer was notified that Hood was back at the store near the pharmacy. The officer made contact with Hood and confirmed that it was indeed Hood. Hood initially denied ever calling Walmart. However, later said that she did call. Hood was placed on trespass from Walmart by the manager. Hood was arrested and transported to Floyd County Jail. At the jail, Hood stated that she wanted to file a complaint about an injury to her wrist. Hood was charged with terroristic threats and acts.