Cops: Elderly man stabbed in ER

Posted: June 13, 2014

AN ELDERLY MAN who accompanied his ailing wife to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland Wednesday night was stabbed multiple times after getting into a fight in the hospital's emergency room, according to police.

At about 10:25 p.m., the man was with his wife in the emergency room when he got into an argument with John David Hood, police said. According to Crozer-Chester Medical Center spokesman Grant Gegwich, Hood is also a relative of the ailing woman, although his relationship to her was not detailed.

Hood, 39, and the 73-year-old man got into an argument that turned physical, and that's when Hood pulled out what police described as a "fix bladed knife" and the hospital described as a "kitchen knife." He then stabbed the elderly man several times, according to police.

Hood, of Chester, was subdued by hospital staff, arrested and charged with attempted murder and related offenses. His bail was set at $1 million.

The victim, who suffered injuries to his torso and head, was treated in the emergency room for his injuries and released, Gegwich said. No other visitors or hospital staff were injured in the melee, he said.

About a year ago - July 15, 2013 - another act of violence rocked Crozer-Chester Medical Center when a stray bullet struck a 62-year-old patient while she was in her hospital bed.

Authorities said the bullet may have traveled as far as a mile before shattering the woman's hospital window and striking her. An arrest has not been made in that case.


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