Patient accused of attacking, kidnapping nurse in Illinois hospital

A 27-year-old man who prosecutors allege attacked a nurse and two other employees at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill., has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated battery, according to The Chicago Tribune.  

The patient, James Anthony Mette of Glenview, Ill., is accused of attacking a nurse who was working in the area outside of his room. Officials say he then moved her into a nearby room, blocked her from leaving and hit her multiple times in the facial area.

When two other hospital employees tried to get in the room and stop the attack, Mr. Mette hit them as well, according to the report.

Mr. Mette was arrested shortly after 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 25. Arlington Heights Police Sgt. Joe Pinnello told The Chicago Tribune he couldn't comment on what triggered the event. However, he did say Mr. Mette did not want to be a patient at the hospital.

The three victims of the attack were all treated for their injuries and released from the hospital, according to the report.

Mr. Mette is being held in Cook County Jail on $300,000 bond.

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