Man accused of threatening hospital staff enters guilty plea
A man accused of threatening the lives of police officers, Robert Packer Hospital security and medical personnel in August recently pled guilty to aggravated assault and disorderly conduct charges.
Christopher Douglas Holmes, 42, pled guilty Oct. 29 to 11 counts of second-degree felony aggravated assault as well as one count of disorderly conduct, a third-degree misdemeanor, according to information filed in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas.
Holmes, who police said was homeless at the time of his arrest, has been incarcerated in the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail since the Aug. 26 incident.
Holmes had faced 56 total counts related to his threatening of hospital staff and law enforcement in the hospital's emergency wing. The charges included 11 counts each of aggravated assault, aggravated assault of officers in performance of duty, aggravated assault by physical menace, simple assault and making terroristic threats and one count of disorderly conduct, according to a criminal affidavit filed in district court by Sayre borough police.
Police said officers responded to the emergency wing Aug. 26 to assist hospital security in dealing with Holmes, who was barricaded in a room and swinging around an IV pole.
Holmes then discharged the contents of an oxygen tank and threatened anyone who entered the room, police said. He also inhaled oxygen directly from the tank and used it to beat on the room's door, threatening to assault staff, police said.
Police were unable to use a stun gun on Holmes because it could have caused an explosion with the room's increased oxygen levels, according to police. Officers eventually restrained Holmes and hospital staff injected him with medication to sedate him, police said. Holmes was then taken to the hospital's intensive care unit, police said.
Nurses told police that Holmes had made additional threats to them over the course of the day, police said.
Holmes' sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 20, according to court information. A bail reduction hearing is also scheduled for Dec. 11.
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