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Man stabs nurse’s ear with pencil after being admitted into Los Angeles hospital

By Mason White 11:03 AM April 22, 2014
Thomas Robert Fredette 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with assault after stabbing a nurse with a pencil, police in California said.

On Sunday, at approximately 9:20 a.m., the man entered the hospital located in the 1000 block of West Carson Street, in Torrance, and stabbed the nurse.

The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old Santee resident, Thomas Robert Fredette.

Fredette entered the hospital after clearing a weapons screening area. Once inside the hospital, the suspect encountered a group of nurses, grabbed one of them from behind and stabbed the female victim in the ear with a sharp object.

The victim was able to free herself from the suspect’s grasp and ran away. She directed responding County Services Bureau deputies to the location of the suspect, and he was taken into custody. A pencil, believed to be the weapon used in the attack, was recovered as evidence.

The victim received medical treatment for nonlife-threatening injuries. The suspect was booked at the Inmate Reception Center for assault with a deadly weapon, and is being held in lieu of $130,000 bail. He is due to appear in Torrance Court on Tuesday.