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Man attacks paramedic with knife at hospital

By Steven Mross
This article was published September 11, 2018 at 4:00 a.m.

A Little Rock man was arrested late Friday on a felony battery charge after allegedly cutting a paramedic with a knife during an altercation at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs.

Danny Jay Williamson, 63, was taken into custody around 11:30 p.m. Friday and charged with second-degree battery, punishable by up to six years in prison. He was being held on $2,500 bond and appeared Monday in Garland County District Court.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Garland County sheriff's Investigator Kenny Ford was working off-duty at CHI standing near one of the hospital rooms waiting on medical staff to assess a patient, identified as Williamson.

Williamson had been assigned to the hospital room and had been seen "approximately seven times in the last 24 hours and been disorderly with staff each visit," Ford noted.

Around 11 p.m., paramedic Lisa Glaze came out of the room "visibly upset" and told Ford Williamson had a knife and attempted to stab her. Ford and Sgt. Joshua Cannon made contact with Williamson and asked him about a knife. He reportedly denied having a knife but stated he had a shard of glass in his pocket.

While checking Williamson for the glass shard, Ford said he saw a black knife on the floor of the room, so Williamson was taken into custody after being discharged from the hospital.

Glaze stated she had been passing by Williamson's room when she saw him by a hospital computer. She said she told him patients were not allowed to use the computer. Williamson reportedly told her someone had left the computer on and he was "only trying to help staff by logging out of the computer."

Glaze said at that point Williamson grabbed her by her wristwatch. She said she tried to pull away, but Williamson pulled out a knife and began slicing at her arms, causing two small lacerations to her wrist near her watch.

Local on 09/11/2018
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