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Patient arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Ark. paramedic

Officers said that Juan Hernandez “was uncooperative with medical staff” and “was using foul language and making racial slurs”



By Leila Merrill

PARAGOULD, Ark. — Police arrested a suspect who they say threatened to kill a paramedic, KAIT reported Monday.

Police officers responded to a call about a violent patient at 9:52 p.m. Friday at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Juan Hernandez, 34, was being treated in the emergency department.

“Police noted Hernandez was uncooperative with medical staff, and he was using foul language and making racial slurs while other patients and children nearby,” Detective Corporal Aaron Gamber noted in court documents.

A paramedic told police officers that the patient “threatened to kill him,” and witnesses confirmed the threats.

On Monday Greene County District Court Judge Daniel Stidham found probable cause to charge Hernandez with terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct, and he set Hernandez’s bond at $10,000 in cash.

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