Man Accused of Beating 69-year-old Man in Hospital Bathroom

Columbia police say the suspect hit the 69-year-old man in a bathroom at Palmetto Health Baptist.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia police have arrested a suspect who they say assaulted an employee in a bathroom at a local hospital.

Johnathon Darnell Michael, 33, is charged with assault and battery third degree and escape.

Officers say around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a 69-year-old man was inside a bathroom at Palmetto Health Baptist when Michael hit him in the face. The hospital says it occurred on the first-floor near an information desk. 

The victim was treated right there at the hospital for his injuries.

Police say Michael ran from the scene but was arrested in the 1300 block of Blanding Street soon afterward. Officers say he tried to escape from the patrol car, but was detained.

“We are sorry that this occurred in a place of healing," said Greg Gattman Baptist COO. " Nothing is more important than the well-being of our patients, visitors and team members. Safety is always our utmost concern. We will thoroughly review this matter and will work with Security Services to determine if any additional security measures are needed.” 



 

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