BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A 33-year-old man who was a patient at Our Lady of the Lake is in jail after allegedly attacking multiple members of the hospital’s staff and another patient.
The report from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office says on Tuesday, May 14 just before 4 p.m., a deputy was working extra duty at OLOL on Hennessey Boulevard when the radio call “Code White EMBH” was issued, meaning a combative patient was in the Emergency Medical Behavior Health (EMBH) area of the hospital.
When the deputy got to the scene, a number of hospital staff members were reportedly seen restraining the man, later identified as Dexter Carter, 33. The report says Carter is a patient in the EMBH wing of the hospital.
The deputy handcuffed Carter and removed him from that wing of the hospital.
The report says Victim 3, who is a mental health technician, saw Carter walking down the hallway of the EMBH wing and when he encountered Victim 1, who is another patient in the same wing, he reportedly pushed the other patient to the ground and started attacking her. At that point, Victim 3 and other hospital staff, including Victim 2, tried to stop the attack and were able to hold Carter back to prevent any further injury to Victim 1, the other patient. While restraining Carter, Victim 3 claims she was elbowed in the right side of her face.
The report goes on to say Victim 1 says she was on the phone when she heard Carter arguing with another patient and walking towards her. Carter then reportedly pushed her to the ground and kicked her in the the side. She reportedly told the deputy she didn’t remember anything else about the attack and didn’t know why Carter attacked her.
In the report, Victim 2 claims he responded to the attack to help restrain Carter and while trying to restrain him, was punched in the nose and scratched on his left arm by Carter.
The deputy placed Carter under arrest and read him his rights. Carter reportedly said he did not want to talk about the incident. He’s charged with simple battery and two counts of battery of emergency room personnel.
This is the third recent in which a patient attacked hospital staff in Baton Rouge. In one incident, a nurse was killed.