Ernest Frye

Earnest Frye

A man who recently relocated to Jackson was arrested Oct. 10 for making serious threats against a hospital in Missouri, police said.

Earnest Frye, 54, was arrested by Jackson officers at Smith’s, where he reportedly works. Frye’s employment information was not available, but police said he was living in the grocer’s employee housing.

Frye is accused of making threats to emergency room department staff and others at Moberly Regional Medical Center in Moberly, Missouri.

Records show Frye is originally from Cairo, Missouri, a town near Moberly.

“I’m taking everyone down this time you fup, you are going down one way or the other,” Frye allegedly texted to his ex, who also works at the hospital. “Yes, I do carry.”

While police were speaking with the victim, Frye called her and said he was at the hospital and had a gun.

Police pinged his phone and realized he was in Jackson.

Frye has a conviction in Texas for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He was convicted of threatening crime with intent to terrorize in California in 1999, according to a probable cause statement obtained by the Jackson Hole News&Guide from the Moberly Police Department.

Frye is in the Teton County Jail charged with terroristic threats and stalking. He’ll likely be extradited back to Missouri to face charges there.

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