Newport Man Angry over ER Wait Times Allegedly Punches Nurse in the Face

The nurse suffered minor injuries to her face.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Newport Police charged a 55-year-old Newport man with simple assault and disorderly conduct after he allegedly punched a female nurse at Newport Hospital in the face on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Robert Thomas Nelen, 55, of 44 Burnside Ave., Newport, walked into the emergency room at around 3:45 p.m. demanding to be seen immediately.

He reportedly was told he would be seen as soon as possible.

“Nelen was displeased with this and started yelling loudly and flailing about drawing the attention of security,” a police report stated.

A security guard responded to assist and when the guard was trying to calm him down he reportedly flailed his arm, pulling his right hand free from the security officer, striking the nurse in the face.

The nurse suffered minor injuries to her face.

By the time police arrived to the scene, Nelen was calm and had already been put into hospital clothing.

He was taken into custody without incident.

He was later released with a July 23 district court date.

Mike Santos July 10, 2014 at 06:37 PM
My mom was there when this happened. They called a code gray. They where busy as hell. No need for his action. They did not even have a room for my mom she was seen in the ER hallway. The care was excellent. I hope the JASKASS ends up in court.
Bonquiqui July 10, 2014 at 11:37 PM
Laraine Lacob July 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM
The hospital where I work makes it very difficult for the nurses to file charges against assaultive patients. At least this hospital stands by their nurses!
Caitlin Van Vliet July 11, 2014 at 05:48 PM
The hospital I work at one of our nurses was punched in the face by a patient and the nurse was suspended because he restrained the man until our police officers arrived...our nurse was assaulted and he gets punished


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