Patient assaults Atascadero State Hospital worker in second attack this week

An employee at Atascadero State Hospital was attacked by a patient this morning, spokesman Craig Dacus confirmed, the second such assault at the hospital this week.

Today’s incident could result in charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon.

The attack occurred at 9:30 a.m. when a patient assaulted a hospital psychiatrist, Dacus said.

The incident was the second attack this week. The first occurred Tuesday morning when a patient assaulted an employee. Few details were disclosed on either incident.

Safety and security staff responded to today’s attack to “contain the situation,” Dacus said.

The employee, whose name was not given, was seen in the hospital’s medical area and left work following the incident, he added.

Details on what the employee's injuries were or where in the hospital the assault took place were not released.

No arrest was made, but hospital police plan to request that the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office file the felony charge.

It’s unclear why an arrest wasn’t made. Dacus declined to provide further information. The investigation is ongoing.

ASH is a high-security state hospital located in southeast Atascadero that treats mentally ill inmates from the correctional system and other violent offenders.