St. George – Wednesday, just after 3 p.m., the St. George Police arrested a hospital patient for allegedly brandishing a pocket knife and threatening three hospital personnel workers with it.
“No individuals were hurt,” St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said, “although he did threaten them with the use of a pocket knife.”
According to a probable cause statement, Rex Douglas Roberts, 58, of LaVerkin, admitted himself to Dixie Regional Medical Center for a substance abuse issue around 6:30 a.m. He reportedly asked if he could smoke and became agitated when he was told no. He than pulled out a pocket knife and threatened to cut his IV out, then threatened staff and stated he would kill anyone who came too close.
The hospital staff left the room. When they returned the knife was put away and Roberts was sedated, though he started to become aggressive again as he woke up. He stated he only took the knife out to cut his IV out and never threatened anyone.
Roberts was arrested and booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility yesterday afternoon on three third-degree felony aggravated assault charges. His bail is set at $15,000.
St. George News Assistant Editor Mori Kessler contributed to this article.
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