WASHINGTON DC March 11 2017 Washington D.C. police said a local hospital worker had a close call with a patient wielding a box cutter.
Investigators said the incident happened on March 2 in MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s emergency room.
The arrest report shows 21-year-old Lashawn Alexander posed as a fire extinguisher inspector to gain access to the hospital’s command center.
Once inside, the report says Alexander tried to stab a female worker with a box cutter twice. Both times the victim was able to get out of the way.
According to detectives, Alexander told the worker, “You coming with me,” and then forced the worker to take Alexander across the hospital to see Alexander’s sister.
The victim told police that she wanted to get someone’s attention in the hall, but the victim was afraid Alexander would stab her, or someone else.
Investigators said that before the two made it to Alexander’s sister, Alexander forced the hospital worker to call the sister on the phone. It’s unclear why. Instead, the victim called for help. Police said that is when Alexander ran way.
Officers searched the hospital until they found Alexander at a bus stop. Records show she was treated for an injured leg.
Tuesday the 21-year-old suspect was charged with kidnapping. It is not clear what sparked the kidnapping she is accused of, or why she was charged six days later.
“The safety of our patients and associates at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is our highest priority. We’re working with the Metropolitan Police Department, and are conducting a comprehensive review," MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement Wednesday.
Alexander was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) and Kidnapping.