Police Arrest Psych Patient Who Allegedly Attacked EMS Workers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City police said a psychiatric patient attacked two emergency medical service workers in the back of an ambulance and then fled in a stolen car.

The incident started Sunday afternoon when 30-year-old Kenneth Ashley was being transferred from one hospital on Long Island to another.

According to police, Ashley attacked one EMS worker. Police say the driver pulled over to help his partner and Ashley chased both workers onto the road, hitting one of them in the face with a computer.

The Daily News reports that Ashley fled in a car belonging to an off-duty police officer who tried to intervene. He was arrested on charges including assault and grand larceny after he crashed the car in the Bronx.

No information on an attorney for Ashley was available.

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  • kendra

    this is getting out of hand when a person knows that they have to deal a mentally ill patient they should to subdue the patient in some kind of restraint or otherwise these people not be so l lucky next time.

  • Mark

    I wa employed as a mental health worker we were taught to be observant and to protect ourselves. In the event of a patient trying to escape we are not to play a hero but to contact the releevant authorities.

  • Wiser

    EMS workers are so unappreciated. Why is there no information concerning the ems workers condition?

  • Richard Higer

    Every day in every way we find people are NUTZ!

    • nyc

      There are so many mentally ill people on the streets of New York it’s hard to believe. I remember some years ago when the city was broke and they closed some of the mental institutions and put hundreds of thousands mentally sick people on the streets !

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