Keystone Heights man arrested for sending death threats to Shands doctor


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jarod Benton Amburgey, 52, of Keystone Heights, was arrested yesterday and charged with stalking and sending death threats to a doctor at UF Health Shands.

According to a sworn complaint filed with Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Amburgey is a former patient of the doctor and has sent at least 36 emails to the doctor since May from the email address listed in his file at Shands. One email in the complaint says that he lived “for 49 years on this without insanity. I’ve been infested with psychosis mania and sanity [sic] for the last three and a half years because of you. It’s [sic] still ain’t over but I am going to end it.” The emails also blame a medication for the problems he describes.

Although the doctor reportedly asked Amburgey to stop contacting him, Amburgey allegedly continued to send the emails; at least four of them reportedly communicated a death threat, and some include a demand that the doctor kill Amburgey.

Amburgey has been charged with four counts of sending written death threats and one count of aggravated stalking and is being held on $500,000 bond.

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  • Bail amounts definitely seem related to the perceived value of the person who is harmed, or threatened with harm….
    This guy clearly needs some good psych care, but
    the Left closed all the psych hospitals in the early 80s…

    • Not sure where you get your information their is several psych hospitals in Gainesville plus numerous within 2 hours of Gainesville how I know this I am a paramedic for private company that transport to them on daily basics

      • I believe it was the federal court system that started releasing many of the mentally ill onto the streets and inadvertently creating homeless issues like we had not previously seen. Love it or hate it, there was this thing about mentally ill people (just like the rest of us) having “civil rights.“

      • CorruptDemocratPartyMachine wants you to take Sick Lethal Vaxxine

    • Did you not get enough hugs as a child? You know absolutely zero about this man or his medical history and yet you think the solution is as simple as “put a bullet in him”? I bet you’re at home, alone and sitting in your wet dog stench covered recliner drinking beer and eating ravioli and Cheetos. I pray that you never have to endure any type of medical malpractice because in your ignorance, you’d just go shoot the Doctor, right? You obviously are not a God fearing person but I am so I will be praying for all three of you-Mr. Amburgey, the Physician and that you received your vaccine

  • Doctors have valid reasons to take such threats seriously. Health care environments are very dangerous places. OSHA statistics confirm: nearly 75% of all workplace assaults happen in the healthcare industry; healthcare accounts for nearly as many serious violent injuries as all other industries combined; 80,000 US healthcare workers are assaulted each year.

    For more on this topic and how it contributes to the tsunami of physician suicides please see https://DoctorLifeline.org .

    Source: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/health_law/publications/aba_health_esource/2018-2019/february2019/dose/

    • And don’t forget the medical profession is the 3rd largest cause of death in the US. MD’s being the CEO’s of said industry. Surprisingly, heart disease and cancer are 1 and 2. Also medical field related.

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