Police ID suspect in attack on doctor and nurses at Los Angeles hospital | national news


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police identified the man who allegedly stabbed a doctor and two nurses inside a Southern California hospital emergency department on Saturday and remained in a room for several months. hours before the police arrested him.

Ashkan Amirsoleymani, 35, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder related to Friday’s attack, the Los Angeles Police Department said on Twitter.

He is being held on $3 million bail. It was not immediately clear Saturday whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf, and the district attorney’s office did not respond to an email asking if charges had been filed.

Police have yet to release Amirsoleymani’s motive and Los Angeles Police Officer Rosario Cervantes said no further information was available Saturday.

Amirsoleymani entered the medical center at Encino Hospital in the San Fernando Valley shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, police said.

He parked his car in the middle of a street and drove to the emergency room, where he sought treatment for anxiety before stabbing the doctor and nurses, authorities said.

Firefighters said three victims were taken to a trauma center in critical condition. Police later said one of them was in critical condition and had undergone surgery.

KNBC-TV reports that Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center said two of the victims have been treated and released. The third victim remains hospitalized in fair but stable condition, the broadcaster reported.

The hospital did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

The first floor of Encino Hospital and some nearby offices were evacuated during the attack, police said.

There was no evidence the man – later identified as Amirsoleymani – knew the victims, LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton said at a press conference on Friday.

He remained in a hospital room for about four hours as SWAT team members tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with him before he was eventually arrested, police said.

No one else at the hospital was injured and other patients were able to be treated, according to Elizabeth Nikels, a spokeswoman for Prime Healthcare, which operates the Encino hospital.

Amirsoleymani was then taken to another hospital for treatment of self-inflicted injuries to his arms, authorities said.

Hamilton said he has a lengthy criminal record, including two arrests last year for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Parham Saadat, a dental hygienist who works nearby, told the Los Angeles Times that he and his colleague ran across the street to help the victims.

“There was blood all over the floor, blood in the rooms, blood on the stretcher the doctor was lying on,” Saadat told the newspaper. “It was a bloodbath.”

Saadat said he then closed the door to a storage room behind the suspect to keep him inside and only got scared when they made eye contact.

“He just turned his face very calmly and looked at me through the window and then turned his head back. No reaction,” he said. had.”

Benjamin Roman, an ultrasound technician, told KNBC-TV that before the stabbing he saw the suspect, who had a dog with him and who may have been drugged because he looked anxious and drenched in sweat.

After the hospital issued an “internal triage” code, Roman said he saw a doctor and a nurse who had been stabbed.

“The doctor looked (like) she was in pain,” he said. “There was a lot of blood and it looked like he might have grabbed his abdomen.”

Nickels, in an email, said hospital staff were coping with the heartbreaking situation with “incredible courage, calm and dedication.”

“Their priority throughout has remained the safety of staff and patients,” she wrote.

The attack came just two days after a gunman killed four people and then killed himself at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The attacker safely entered a building on the Saint Francis Hospital campus just hours after purchasing an AR-style rifle, authorities said.

The man killed his surgeon and three other people in a medical office. He blamed the doctor for his lingering pain after recent back surgery.

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