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Patient charged with alleged attack on nurse at UF Health-Leesburg Hospital

A Leesburg man was arrested for allegedly striking a nurse multiple times with no apparent provocation.

Police responded to a report of a battery at USF Health Leesburg Hospital, 600 E. Dixie Ave., at 5:56 p.m. Wednesday, according to an arrest report from the Leesburg Police Department.

Upon arrival, officers met with the victim who worked as a nurse at the facility. She advised that she entered the room of a patient, 55-year-old Davey Dewayne Hall, and discovered he was trying to leave, the report said.

The victim approached Hall, who then punched her with a closed fist on her neck and chest. A witness pulled the victim away from Hall. The victim also advised that she may have been choked, but her airway was not restricted. Officers did not observe visible marks or bruising on the victim, the report said.

Officers then spoke to the witness, the report said. She stated she saw Hall strike the victim with his fist multiple times and that she had to pull the victim out of the room. Hall continued to walk towards the victim and attempted to strike her again as she was pulled away.

Officers attempted to speak to Hall, who admitted to striking the victim in the head, the report said. However, he refused to answer any questions regarding the incident.

Hall was restrained by medical staff prior to law enforcement’s arrival. He was then advised he was under arrest for battery. He could not be transported to the Lake County Jail at the time of his arrest due to him needing further medical assistance, the report said.

The Alabama native was charged with battery on a nurse (simple) with a bond set at $5,000.

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