Local man allegedly breaks hospital door; left $3K in damages

Marc Eugene Baker (Submitted photo)
Marc Eugene Baker (Submitted photo)

STEVEN MROSS

The Sentinel-Record

A patient at National Park Medical Center was arrested on a felony charge Monday morning following a disturbance during which he allegedly caused $3,000 in damages to a door.

Marc Eugene Baker, 42, who is reportedly homeless, was taken into custody around 10 a.m. at NPMC, 1910 Malvern Ave., and charged with a felony count of first-degree criminal mischief over $1,000, punishable by up to six years in prison, and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, punishable by up to 30 days in jail.

Baker remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of a $3,000 bond and is set to appear today in Garland County District Court.

According to court records, he was convicted in 2004 of a felony count of second-degree forgery and sentenced to three years' probation and has misdemeanor charges of two counts of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct pending from arrests on Feb. 14 and 18, with a hearing set for March 12 in district court.

According to the probable cause affidavit, shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, Hot Springs police Officer 1st Class Corey Montgomery responded to NPMC regarding a reportedly disorderly suspect.

He made contact with Baker, who had allegedly taken the bed that was in one of the rooms and "slammed it against the door," breaking the door "in multiple places." The hospital facility director estimated the damage at $3,000.

Baker stated he broke the door because he had to use the restroom and "nobody would help him."

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