Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is dealing with two cases of violence where a nurse in Sylmar, Calif., was stabbed by a stranger and a Torrance nurse was stabbed in the ear with a pencil.
(SOURCE) A recent spree of violent stabbings left two California nurses stabbed on the job with a pencil and a knife.
The first of the unrelated crimes happened at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar just after 2 a.m. on Sunday when cops say Romiro Carnalla, 26, of Los Angeles, rushed into the hospital and skipped the weapons screening area.
The deputies and security officers ran after the man, but lost track of him. They then heard a woman scream and found a nurse stabbed several times in the upper and lower torso, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.
Carnalla was taken into custody at the hospital on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. A knife was recovered at the scene, the news release said.
The nurse was taken to a trauma center for treatment and is in critical condition.
It’s unlikely the nurse and the suspect knew each other, Lt. Rich Burgoyne told the Los Angeles Times, and it’s unknown if Carnalla has a history of mental issues, he added.
As of Sunday night, Carnalla had not been booked into jail. His bail is set at $35,000, however.
The second stabbing happened hours later at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Deputies arrested Thomas Robert Fredette, 38, of Santee, after he came up to a group of nurses and allegedly grabbed one from behind and stabbed her in the ear with a pencil.
The nurse broke free of his grasp and ran away. She pointed to the suspect when officers arrived to the hospital.