Police are awaiting the results of a psychiatric evaluation before deciding whether to file criminal charges against a 326-pound man who, investigators said, threatened emergency room workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital with a knife.
A police officer brought Glenn A. Beasman, of the 3800 block of Bayonne Ave., to Hopkins for a psychiatric evaluation. After the officer left the emergency room about 3 p.m., Beasman pulled a 7-inch knife from his pocket and threatened emergency room workers, said police spokesman Dennis Hill.
Security guards called for police assistance and the emergency room was evacuated, Hill said. Meanwhile, hospital personnel coaxed Beasman out of the lobby and into a treatment room, he said.
Beasman allegedly lunged at officers who responded, Hill said, and they sprayed his face with mace, temporarily blinding him.
After a considerable struggle, five officers finally restrained Beasman, who was handcuffed and sedated, Hill said.
Beasman was kept in the hospital for psychiatric evaluation after the incident was resolved about 3:20 p.m., Hill said.
The officer who brought Beasman to the hospital should have checked to make sure he was not carrying a weapon, Hill said. The officer will have to explain why Beasman was admitted with the folding knife in his possession, he said.
Officers at the scene speculated that Beasman may have been checked for weapons, but because of his size, the knife might have been missed.
Patients who were in the emergency room lobby when the incident occurred were taken outside or to other floors of the hospital. People being treated in separate rooms in the emergency ward were not disturbed.
The area where the incident occurred was cleaned quickly by firefighters. The mace used yesterday was a new type that was distributed to police in May. It temporarily blinds people and makes them sneeze uncontrollably. Its active ingredient is cayenne pepper, which is easier to clean away and harder for drugged individuals to ignore, Hill said.