A Hamilton man who allegedly threatened to run people over with his truck if he didn’t get his medications was charged with felony intimidation Thursday.
Anthony T. Bicos, 61, appeared before Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray on the felony count and a misdemeanor charge of privacy in communications. Ray set bail at $15,000.
Hamilton police were initially dispatched to Sapphire Community Health on Jan. 7, where an employee said that Bicos was a patient who had been getting increasingly angry over his inability to obtain his medications, according to the charging affidavit.
The employee told the police that Bicos said he would “do whatever he needs to do to get his medication.” The employee also said he didn’t want Bicos to get in trouble. He asked the officer to contact Bicos and speak to him about his behavior.
The officer made several attempts to contact Bicos that day, but was unable to do so.
The next morning, the same officer was sent back to the health clinic after Bicos allegedly continued to make threats. A clinic employee said Bicos had called more than eight times that morning to continue to yell at staff.
The employee told the officer the clinic had decided that Bicos' behavior was no longer going to be tolerated and his phone calls would go unanswered.
The police officer made phone contact with Bicos, who continued to yell and scream, the affidavit said. Many of Bicos’ statements were unintelligible. The officer couldn’t understand much more than that Bicos said he was in pain and he could not take it anymore. Bicos continued to yell and scream before hanging up on the officer, according to the affidavit.
Later that day, two Hamilton police officers met with clinic staff. They were told that Bicos' threatening phone calls had scared several employees. One employee told the officers she had answered the phone at about 8:15 a.m. and Bicos had demanded his medication. He allegedly said if he didn’t receive it, there would be violence.
The employee said she felt scared and took steps to ensure that Bicos was not around when she left the building. She said Bicos had stated he would run people over with his truck, according to the affidavit.
Before they finally blocking his number on Jan. 8, clinic employees said Bicos had called about 20 times.
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