Authorities said an "out of control" Easton woman receiving medical treatment following a reported car wreck allegedly scratched and bit hospital personnel.
Rene F. Andino faces assault and harassment charges for the attack caught on video surveillance of a security guard and emergency room nurse late last week at the St. Luke’s Hospital Anderson Campus at 1872 Riverside Circle in Bethlehem Township. District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned the 29-year-old Saturday morning, setting bail at $15,000.
Bethlehem Township police responded to the hospital shortly before 9:30 p.m. Friday for a report of patient who was “violent, out of control and attacking hospital staff,” according to court records. An officer arrived to find Andino restrained to an emergency room bed; she was described as “loud, boisterous” and trying to escape her restraints.
After arriving at the hospital for treatment for a reported car crash, Andino, of the 1400 block of Northampton Street, wanted to leave, but staff determined her physical and mental condition precluded her from being discharged, according to court records. That’s when she reportedly became combative toward the guard and nurse.
Andino allegedly charged the security guard, shoving him in the chest, before lunging at the nurse. Each man grabbed an arm in an attempt to control her, which is when she scratched the guard’s arm and caused bleeding.
Police said she scratched the nurse’s neck and bit his arm, leaving a full imprint of her top and bottom teeth and puncturing the skin.
Authorities charged her with aggravated assault and two counts each of simple assault and harassment. Andino failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Sept. 26.