As many as five Atascadero State Hospital employees were assaulted in two separate incidents Wednesday, according to mental health officials and a union representative.
At 7:30 p.m., a patient assaulted a staff member in the patient dining room, along with two other staff who responded to the incident, said Sean Tracy, spokesman for the Department of Mental Health, in an email.
Tracy said hospital police officers and additional staff quickly intervened in the first attack. All staff members involved were evaluated by the physician on duty and released to recover at home.
Tracy did not provide details about the employees’ injuries or state what led to the assault.
The patient was arrested and booked into County Jail on three felony counts of assault.
Tracy, citing privacy laws, would not confirm the name of the patient who was arrested. However, state hospital police booked only one person into the County Jail since Wednesday.
Jason Abdulrhman Nagi, 27, was booked into jail at 12:52 a.m. Thursday on felony charges of threatening a crime with intent to terrorize, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and a misdemeanor charge of battery, according to jail records. He is being held without bail.
In the second purported attack, a patient in unit 23 assaulted two staff members, according to Brady Oppenheim, a spokeswoman for the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians. Tracy did not have any details about that reported incident.