London hospital worker attacked by stranger armed with knife, hammer

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A London man faces charges after a suspect armed with a knife and hammer attacked a hospital worker.

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Security at Victoria Hospital was alerted shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday after a witness reported seeing a man carrying a hammer and knife bypass the front desk check-in and approach a male employee, police said Friday.

The suspect hit the man with a hammer and assaulted him with a knife, causing serious but non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The suspect, who police said didn’t know the person who was attacked, fled but hospital but was arrested by security guards and turned over to responding officers, police said.

A London Health Sciences Centre spokesperson told The Free Press a code white alert was issued – an emergency involving a violent person – and security quickly responded.

“No patients were injured during this incident. Unfortunately, less than five of our team members were injured,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

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The spokesperson didn’t specify exactly how many staffers were injured or detail their occupations, citing privacy concerns.

Hospital officials are working closely with police, they added.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe when they come to work and LHSC is taking this situation very seriously. At this time, we are focusing on the wellness of our staff and physicians, recognizing the impact this incident may have on them,” the spokesperson said.

A London man, 35, is charged with aggravated assault and two counts of failing to comply with an undertaking. He’s scheduled to appear in court Friday.

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