Man arrested after allegedly threatening VA Medical Centers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 56-year-old Buffalo man was arrested after allegedly threatening to blow up multiple VA Medical Centers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Demont Coston was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with threatening to blow up VA Medical Centers in Buffalo and Washington D.C. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In September 2022, officials said Coston allegedly called the Veterans Crisis Line and made threats to blow up the VA Medical Center in Buffalo, making statements such as “If I can not get any help from the VA, no one can,” and “The VA won’t be here anymore.”

Officials said Coston also stated that “he finally found the person that he wants to kill, and he planned to kill him tomorrow.” They said he made similar threats to the VA Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Coston was later located at a family’s members house in Maryland after investigators were unable to contact him.

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Emily Miller is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2022. See more of her work here.

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