Nurses Robbed At Gunpoint At Local Hospitals

  1. Police are searching for a man who has reportedly robbed three nurses at gunpoint in local hospitals during the past week.



    A man (pictured, left) believed to be in his early to mid-30s was seen on surveillance cameras wandering the floors of a Detroit hospital on April 23. Police say around 4:30 p.m., he approached a female nurse and robbed her at gunpoint. He allegedly robbed another female nurse at that hospital at 5:30 p.m.



    "In both incidences, the people were just doing what they were supposed to do. They were going about their normal daily activities at work," said David Jackson, of the Detroit Police Violent Crimes Taskforce.



    Victims reportedly told police....

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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   babynurselsa
    Within the last month there was a nurse kidnapped from the parking garage and raped. She later managed to escape and assist police in identifying her attacker.
    This occured in Tulsa aat one of the hospitals I work agency at.
  4. by   Town & Country
    I wonder if the hospital could post a few security guards in the parking lot.

    (Of course, they probably already have guards in the VISITOR parking lot.....guards in the employee section would undoubtedly be "too expensive"....)
  5. by   mattsmom81
    Nurses, make your facilities accountable for safeguarding you on the job. Too many hospitals today are ridiculously lax regarding security. They beef up when infants are kidnapped, but then its back to business as usual quickly. When nurses are attacked or robbed or abused on the job by out of control family members and patients, hospitals sweep it under the rug. When we stop accepting this and demand doors be locked and security measures/ policies be instituted, things will change.

    This is a pet peeve of mine. We get more response to danger on the job by calling 911 and I think we need to do this more often, and bring this issue to light by talking to the media about nonresponsive hospitals, who feel abuse and danger are 'part of the job' for a nurse.
  6. by   Nitengale326
    Quote from Shezam!
    I wonder if the hospital could post a few security guards in the parking lot.

    (Of course, they probably already have guards in the VISITOR parking lot.....guards in the employee section would undoubtedly be "too expensive"....)
    If they did post security guards in the employee lots it would be the type that needed a walker to get around! LOL
  7. by   Nitengale326
    Quote from mattsmom81
    Nurses, make your facilities accountable for safeguarding you on the job. Too many hospitals today are ridiculously lax regarding security. They beef up when infants are kidnapped, but then its back to business as usual quickly. When nurses are attacked or robbed or abused on the job by out of control family members and patients, hospitals sweep it under the rug. When we stop accepting this and demand doors be locked and security measures/ policies be instituted, things will change.

    This is a pet peeve of mine. We get more response to danger on the job by calling 911 and I think we need to do this more often, and bring this issue to light by talking to the media about nonresponsive hospitals, who feel abuse and danger are 'part of the job' for a nurse.
    I worked in long term care for years and they were terrible about facility safety overall. We had EVERY door unlocked at night and no key. Staff was in and out of all doors to smoke, go to 7/11 what ever... we begged for keys, begged for lockdown at 11:30 pm (of course, 1 door open for smokers). but it wasn't until we had a pt get out of the building at 3 am in the cold and snowy rain and we had to call the police who called the radio stations that we got keys the very next day! What a coinkedink!!! I think NOT!!!
  8. by   heart queen
    we've just had a nurse beaten terribly and raped by two men in the employee lot. No cameras of course. I don't even think she can identify them, no pictures have been floating around.

    our security spends it's time giving employees parking tickets period. If they're not rounding in the lot you're walking through... you're alone. No changes in security since the "incident" except for a MEMO telling employees to use the buddy system :angryfire. I'm not one for legal action but I think she shouldl SUE their butts off.
  9. by   Q.
    I'm just curious what the man actually GOT from the nurses. Honestly, if someone attempted to rob me while I was working on the floor they might receive about 4 pens, some scrap paper, my report sheet, some chapstick, a hair clip and enough change to buy some Doritos and a soda from the vending machine.
  10. by   PeninsulaRN
    Quote from Susy K
    I'm just curious what the man actually GOT from the nurses. Honestly, if someone attempted to rob me while I was working on the floor they might receive about 4 pens, some scrap paper, my report sheet, some chapstick, a hair clip and enough change to buy some Doritos and a soda from the vending machine.
    You know, Susy, I was thinking the same thing. If someone actually attacked me while on the job they'd get precious little.

    I agree, its obvious that the security in these places is substandard, but nurses and other hospital personnel need to start taking some responsibility for their own safety. I would never walk out to my car in a dark parking lot alone. There are some that may say I am 'hyperalert' and that's fine, but I watch for suspicious people, I'm aware of my surroundings, I walk to my car with another person and with my keys out. Its terrible what happened to these people but some of it might have been avoided if they hadn't fallen into the trap of thinking they were safe just because they were on hospital property.

    At the very least I'd advocate for some safety/self-defense classes and increased security.
  11. by   Q.
    Quote from PeninsulaRN
    I agree, its obvious that the security in these places is substandard, but nurses and other hospital personnel need to start taking some responsibility for their own safety.

    Agree wholeheartedly.
    Security can only be so effective and can only be so many places at one time, especially on nights.

    At our hospital we have a Code Yellow, which is for any suspicious person. I'm fairly confident that had this man been "wandering" our halls at 0430, one of our staff members would have already put out the call.
  12. by   MandyInMS
    We finallllllly got a new security company to take over our rural hospital...so much safer for us all..pts/families/nurses..after 9 pm the only way IN by non-employees is through the ER and they have a gaurd posted there..and cameras at all entrances/exits..a guard patrolling outside..another making rounds inside..and anytime we see anyone suspicious we call a guard to check it out.......a nurse was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot about 6 months back in broad daylight..too bad something like that had to happen to make them SEE we needed more secuity...just grateful we have it now though.
  13. by   live4today
    i can personally relate to the assault and battery on nurses while on duty as i was assaulted by a hospital visitor one week ago this past friday. the visitor was arrested, and has a court hearing next month at which i am demanding a week's pay from him because i had to be off one week due to him assaulting me.

    the visitor attacked me from behind, grabbed me really hard and shook me very hard for several seconds as he tried to squeeze me together with is huge hands. he's a very tall and very big guy who towered over the police who arrested him, and anyone else around him.

    i thank my father god that two witnesses were present and able to attest to what happened. one of the witnesses was a male nurse from an outside agency.

    i'm now undergoing physical therapy treatments twice per week for the next four weeks. this setback will prevent me from being presented for my next travel nurse assignment until the doctor clears me. i pray this is cleared before i leave here mid-june because i am the sole support of myself now, and do not have monies collecting dust in my bank account.

    i have written and emailed letters to the governor, the senator, the city council, and will continue to bring the assault to the "powers that be" who need to act and act fast on providing safety for their staff while on duty, leaving the facility after duty hours, and so forth.

    i have totally enjoyed the staff i've worked with since mid-march. now i am placed on "modified duty -- temporary partial disability" due to the injuries to my upper back, scapula, and upper arms/shoulder areas. i have been assigned to work in the business offices doing paperwork, computer filing, etc. with another great group of employees, so that's a plus at least.

    i hired a workman's comp attorney to assure i am receiving the best medical care/treatment possible, and to assure nothing is missed as far as injuries, potential long term affects of the assault on my person, and so forth.

    i feel as though i've been violated, and that man had no right to assault me, and i do not want him to get away with it with just a slap on the wrist from the judge next month. i want to be at that hearing to state my own request of the judge.

    nurses, we are working in dangerous times, and it is no longer safe to just go to work and attempt to do our jobs to the best of our ability. people today are angry, more aggressive, more hostile, and lack a respect for one another. i find myself shaking my head in disbelief that this assault found 'me'. i would have never thought something like this would happen while on duty.

    i saw a trauma counselor a couple of times. i was examined by an er doc the day of the attack, but it took them one week to get me in to be examined by an ortho doc. workman's comp won't pay for my missed week of work due to their rule that an employee must be off two weeks before benefits kick in. they made sure i was only off for one week by returning me to work exactly one week later.

    i'm really at a loss as to how to proceed with this assault other than what i have mentioned above already. i'm open for serious suggestions and helpful information if you all care to share any. feel free to email me if you prefer not to post your suggestions here.

    brian...thanks for bringing up this subject. it's a very real threat to us as nurses today as i have learned first hand. i've been in nursing seventeen years and have never dealt with anything close to being assaulted.

  14. by   studentnurse74
    Quote from Susy K
    I'm just curious what the man actually GOT from the nurses. Honestly, if someone attempted to rob me while I was working on the floor they might receive about 4 pens, some scrap paper, my report sheet, some chapstick, a hair clip and enough change to buy some Doritos and a soda from the vending machine.
    They probably assumed they were carrying loads of CII's in their pockets. I heard that several MDs actually leave their car doors unlocked b/c of that reason. They think the docs keep all the meds in their car, and this way their cars won't get smashed up.

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