Alaska hospital patient allegedly stabbed nurse in the throat with ballpoint pen

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SOLDOTNA, Alaska (KTUU) - A quiet Southcentral Alaska hospital was thrown into frenzy after a patient admitted there reportedly took out a ballpoint pen he was hiding and stabbed a nearby nurse in the throat.

According to Soldotna police, who issued a statement Thursday regarding the attack, Michael E. Hancock, 61, of Kenai, was in the emergency room at Central Peninsula Hospital on the morning of June 20.

At around 5:22 a.m., police arrived for reports of an assault on a staff member. There, they discovered Hancock had reportedly "become angry with hospital staff and physically attacked one of the nurses."

In the attack, Hancock allegedly stabbed the nurse in the neck with a ballpoint pen he was concealing. The nurse was treated for the stab wound, classified by authorities as "minor injuries," at the hospital.

Police arrested Hancock, charging him with assault and remanding him at Wildwood without bail.

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