Man accused of threatening RPH staff waives preliminary hearing
A man accused of threatening the lives of police officers, Robert Packer Hospital security and medical personnel in August waived his preliminary hearing in district court Tuesday.
Christopher Douglas Holmes, 42, also had his bail lowered from $100,000 to $20,000 Tuesday, according to information filed with the court. Holmes, who police said was homeless at the time of his arrest, is scheduled to face a formal arraignment on 56 counts related to the Aug. 26 incident Sept. 27 in Bradford County Court, according to court information.
Sayre borough police charged Holmes with 11 counts each of aggravated assault; aggravated assault of officers, agents or employees in performance of duty; aggravated assault by physical menace; simple assault by physical menace; and making terroristic threats and one count of disorderly conduct, according to a criminal affidavit filed with Judge Shaw's office.
Officers were requested Aug. 26 to help hospital security deal with an unruly Holmes, who was barricaded in a room in the hospital's emergency wing.
Police found Holmes swinging an IV pole around the room, police said. He then removed an oxygen tank from the bed and discharged the tank's contents, threatening harm on anyone who entered the room, police said. Holmes then inhaled oxygen directly from the tank and beat on the door to the room with the tank, 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 were eventually able to restrain 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 admitted that he had been under the influence of bath salts, police said.
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