Argument ends with stabbing at Einstein Medical Center

Posted: January 12, 2014

A custodian at Einstein Medical Center was charged with assault after he allegedly stabbed a fellow employee during an argument at work Friday, police said.

Both men were on duty about midnight when Vernon Richardson, 56, of North Philadelphia, allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and began stabbing his coworker, police said. The victim, whose name was not released, was stabbed once in a hand and once in the chest. When the man turned to run, Richardson allegedly stabbed him once more, in the back.

The man ran to the hospital's security desk for help, while Richardson ran off, police said. He didn't get far: He was caught about a block away, at Broad Street and Olney Avenue, police said.

Richardson's coworker was treated at the hospital for his injuries and discharged, an Einstein spokesman said.

Einstein representatives called the incident an isolated one, adding that the stabbing occurred in a "non-patient care area" and that no patients were at risk during the incident.

Richardson was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment of another person, and possession of an instrument of crime. He was awaiting arraignment.


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