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Valencia man faces charges in hospital attack

Posted: October 23, 2012 6:43 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2012 6:43 p.m.

An attack on emergency room doctors and nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital involving alleged pushing and choking have resulted in the arrest of a man on battery charges, court papers show.

On Sunday about 6 p.m., Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the emergency room at the hospital on McBean Parkway for report of a nurse being choked and pushed, deputies confirmed.

It was the second reported attack on emergency room personnel at the hospital in the last three months.

When asked about the condition and injuries of the victims, hospital officials would not comment on the specifics of Sunday’s incident.

When asked about the attacks and the decision to prosecute the suspected offenders, hospital officials released a written statement saying:

“Creating and fostering a safe environment for our patients as well as for our staff is a top priority here at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

“We appreciate the collaboration of our community response partners and our security staff in helping to ensure that Henry Mayo is a safe place for patient care and for work,” said spokeswoman Katreena Salgado, speaking on behalf of hospital officials.

Arthur Aragon, 28, of Valencia, was charged with misdemeanor battery upon a doctor or nurse in connection with Sunday’s incident.

In the criminal complaint sworn out by prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Aragon is accused of “willfully and unlawfully” using force and violence on a person.

Deputies were also called to the hospital’s emergency room during the summer when they received a report of a nurse being attacked.

On July 9, an obese patient with reported mental problems spat and swore at an emergency room charge nurse while she was treating him. Deputies noted in their report that sexist, racist language was yelled at the woman.

“The suspect then spat on the victim and attempted to kick her,” deputies wrote. “The suspect was removed from the hospital by security and escorted to a bench outside.”

The nurse did not want to press charges against the man.




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