Blotter: Man charged with assaulting hospital nurses

Joshua Irvine, Copy Chief

Police charged a Rock Island, Illinois man with assault Saturday evening after a hospital visit became violent.

Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said at 9:30 p.m., the 41-year-old man attacked nurses at Presence Saint Francis Hospital, located at 355 Ridge Ave., after growing agitated during preparations for an EKG. A security guard purportedly overheard the man saying, “I don’t want it, I’m not doing it,” prior to or during the assault, Glew said.

A male nurse attempted to explain the procedure to the man only for the patient to lunge at the nurse, Glew said; it took several nurses to restrain and sedate the patient. Glew said a female nurse told police that the patient shouted at her, “I’m gonna kill you bitch, you should go back to your country,” prior to being sedated.

The man was transported to the Evanston Police Department and charged with assault, Glew said. His court date is set for June 6.

Tequila stolen from Valli Produce

Police responded to a report of theft in the 1900 block of Dempster Street.

Glew said a 47-year-old employee of Valli Produce called police after viewing CCTV showing a man conceal three bottles of tequila — valued together at $85.47 — in his clothes, and leave without paying.

Police have no suspects, and no one is in custody.

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