Police ID suspect in assault on physician, nurses at LA hospital

LOS ANGELES — Police on Saturday recognized the person who allegedly stabbed a physician and two nurses inside a Southern California hospital emergency ward and remained inside a room for hours earlier than police arrested him.

Ashkan Amirsoleymani, 35, has been booked on three counts of tried homicide associated to Friday’s assault, the Los Angeles Police Department stated on Twitter.

He is being held on $3 million bail. It was not instantly clear on Saturday whether or not he had an legal professional who may communicate on his behalf and the district legal professional’s workplace didn’t reply to an e-mail asking whether or not prices have been filed.

Police haven’t but disclosed Amirsoleymani’s motive and Los Angeles Police Officer Rosario Cervantes stated no different info was accessible Saturday.

Amirsoleymani walked into Encino Hospital Medical Center within the San Fernando Valley shortly earlier than 4 p.m. Friday, police stated.

He had parked his automobile in the course of a road and went to the emergency room, the place he requested for remedy for anxiousness earlier than stabbing the physician and nurses, authorities stated.

Fire officers stated three victims had been taken to a trauma middle in important situation. Police later stated one was in important situation and underwent surgical procedure.

KNBC-TV stories that Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center stated two of the victims have been handled and launched. The third sufferer stays hospitalized in truthful however secure situation, the TV station reported.

The hospital didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark Saturday.

The first flooring of the Encino hospital and a few close by places of work had been evacuated throughout the assault, police stated.

Emergency personnel take an individual out of the Encino Hospital Medical Center the place a suspect has stabbed a number of individuals and barricaded himself within the hospital in Encino, Calif. on June 3, 2022.
ABC7 Los Angeles through AP

There was no proof that the person — later recognized as Amirsoleymani — knew the victims, LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton stated at a information convention Friday.

He remained inside a room within the hospital for about 4 hours as SWAT staff members tried to unsuccessfully to barter with him earlier than he was lastly arrested, police stated.

No one else within the hospital was injured and different sufferers had been in a position to be handled, in keeping with Elizabeth Nikels, a spokesperson for Prime Healthcare, which runs the Encino hospital.

Amirsoleymani was later taken to a different hospital for remedy of self-inflicted accidents to his arms, authorities stated.

Hamilton stated he had a prolonged prison document, together with two arrests final 12 months for battery of a police officer and resisting arrest.

Benjamin Roman, an ultrasound technician, advised KNBC-TV that earlier than the stabbing, he noticed the suspect, who had a canine with him and who might need been excessive on medicine as a result of he regarded anxious and was drenched in sweat.

After the hospital issued an “internal triage” code, Roman stated he noticed a physician and a nurse who had been stabbed.

“The doctor looked [like] she was in pain,” he stated. “There was a lot of blood and it looked like … he might have got her abdomen.”

Nickels, in an e-mail, stated the hospital’s employees confronted the harrowing scenario with “incredible courage, calmness, and dedication.”

“Their focus throughout remained on the safety of staff and patients,” she wrote.

The assault got here solely two days after a gunman killed 4 individuals after which himself at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The assailant obtained inside a constructing on the Saint Francis Hospital campus with little bother, simply hours after shopping for an AR-style rifle, authorities stated.

The man killed his surgeon and three different individuals at a medical workplace. He blamed the physician for his persevering with ache after a latest again operation.



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