The man suffers from schizophrenia and had been working at the hospital for five years.
The National Police have arrested a worker from the laundry service of the Alcorcón Hospital when he tried to suffocate an 82-year-old woman admitted to the centre’s Traumatology Unit.
The most alarming factor about this case it that this is not the first time this individual has strangled a patient whilst working in a hospital.
It has been reported that the 49-year-old man, who suffers from schizophrenia, had been arrested in 1997 for strangling an 82-year-old woman at the Clinical Hospital and subsequently strangled a prisoner when he was remanded in custody.
The alert of this recent incident was triggered last Saturday at around 07:00 hours when the fellow roommate of the victim witnessed the aggression and started shouting, alerting the nurses of the occurrence.
Hospital staff confirmed that they found the detainee trying to suffocate the woman with a pillow and quickly intervened.
The man however, was able to break away and flee the room. The hospital workers alerted the security services and the National Police.
The security guards managed to detain the worker until he was arrested by the police officers, who proceeded to identify him.
He was treated in the ER for a cut in his arm and was assessed by the centre’s Psychiatry Unit.
“There is no evidence to conclude that the criminal tried to end the lives of more patients in the health centre,” the hospital has announced in a statement.
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