By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a male patient accused of punching a female nurse in the chest before fleeing from the Stillwater Medical Center emergency room.
If convicted of assault and battery on an emergency medical provider, Charles Newton Price, 22, of Stillwater, could be given a two-year prison term and a $1,000 fine, court records show.
The nurse encountered Price at the hospital where he had come to be treated for a minor injury about 5 p.m. on March 2, Stillwater Police Officer Kurt Merrill alleged in an affidavit filed last week.
“The defendant began acting out by yelling and banging his head into objects within treatment room number four, where the defendant had been placed to await treatment,” the affidavit alleged.
The victim was attempting to enter Price’s room with another nurse in an attempt to calm him, the affidavit alleged.
The defendant rushed out of the room as the two nurses attempted to enter, the affidavit alleged.
The other nurse “had to retreat allowing the defendant to pass,” the affidavit alleged.
“The defendant then approached the victim with his hands clenched in fists and held in front of him.
“As the defendant drew closer to the victim, he struck her with his closed fists in the chest with a punch and proceeded to push her aside,” before fleeing from the hospital on foot, the affidavit alleged.