FRAMINGHAM MA Feb 16 2017 – A Framingham woman refused to leave the MetroWest Medical Center on Tuesday and punched a security guard as police tried to escort her out, authorities said.
Police arrested Shannon Ware, 32, at the hospital at 7:49 p.m., prosecutor Kristen Hughes said Wednesday at Ware's Framingham District Court arraignment.
On Tuesday, police went to the hospital because Ware had been discharged and refused to leave, the prosecutor said.
"As the police officers began to escort her out, she screamed, '(Expletive) you, I'm not leaving,' and then she punched the security guard in the face with a closed fist," Hughes said.
Police arrested Ware, of 25 Hilton St., and charged her with assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
Hughes asked Judge Lynn Coffin Brendemuehl to hold Ware on $500. Hughes said Ware has a long record that includes convictions for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery. Ware also has a history of skipping court and violating probation, Hughes said.
Ware's lawyer, Ken Gross, argued that Ware should be released.
"I would characterize her as a poor soul who has mental health issues and substance abuse problems, mainly alcohol," Gross said.
Ware, he said, is being treated for bi-polar disorder and recently stopped taking her medication. In addition, she had been sober for six months but recently relapsed, he said.
"She wasn't in control of herself and she regrets her actions," Gross said.
Brendemuehl ordered Ware held on $200 bail. Ware is due back in court on Feb. 22 for a pretrial conference.
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