N.Y. Man Charged with Assaulting Hospital Security Officer

The man was charged with four misdemeanors and a violation.

A man police say assaulted a hospital security officer and threatened police with a knife inside a New York hospital was arrested May 16.

Robert L. Nelson, 46, was charged with third degree assault, second degree menacing, fourth degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for his actions late Monday night, according to The Bradford Era.

Nelson reportedly head butted a security officer at Olean General Hospital in western New York then resisted arrest when police arrived.

“The responding officers were prudent in their response. Nobody got hurt,” Olean Police Chief Jeff Rowley says. “We had to physically take this guy into custody.”

Nelson complied with an order to surrender his knife after briefly making threats.

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“We deal with people with knives on a daily basis. In one narrative, he was making a motion he was going to stab a car. The other narrative is that he orally threatened the officers,” Chief Rowley explains. “Fortunately, we were able to get him into custody without harming himself, and none of the officers were injured.”

The security officer was not seriously wounded and has returned to work. It is unclear why Nelson became combative.

Nelson has been remanded to Cattaraugus County Jail and given $1,000 bail or $2,000 bond.

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