Pontiac COVID-19 Patient Jailed For Attacking, Spitting On Hospital Staff

WWJ News
May 18, 2020 - 4:34 pm
Patrick Crawford

Patrick Crawford (Photo: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

(WWJ) A 25-year-old metro Detroit man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting and spitting on hospital employees while being treated for COVID-19.

Patrick Michael Crawford of Pontiac was arraigned Saturday in connection with the alleged incident Friday in Pontiac. 

According to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Crawford was brought to McLaren Oakland Hospital Friday, and when the medical staff attempted to treat him, he attacked them.

Authorities say Crawford was restrained and placed in isolation, and when doctors began to evaluate him he made threats, said he was infected with COVID-19 and began spitting at a physician and Emergency Room staff. The alleged victims include a 42-year-old male doctor, and two male ER  nurses, ages 29 and 32.

Sheriff's officials said deputies were advised that Crawford tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, but a doctor determined he was well enough to go to jail. 

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Crawford with four counts of assault and battery, a 93-day misdemeanor, as well as one count of disorderly person, a 90-day misdemeanor. Crawford has a criminal history which includes malicious destruction of property, domestic violence, larceny and resisting and obstructing police, according to the OCSO. 

Bond was set at $5,000 for Crawford, who remained in the Oakland County Jail on Monday.  

His next court date has not been set.