Police say a man armed with a gun attacked a nurse and removed a man, who was in hospice care, from a facility in Long Grove Thursday evening.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a report for a possible abduction around 7 p.m. Thursday at Avantara Long Grove, 1666 Checker Road in Long Grove.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and learned a patient, a 59-year-old man, who previously resided in Buffalo Grove, was admitted to the hospice section of the rehabilitation center.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said that a family member of the 59-year-old man held a power of attorney due to the man’s serious medical situation.
David Rahimzadeh, 54, of the 100 block of Navajo Trail in Buffalo Grove, arrived at the rehabilitation center just before 7 p.m.
Rahimzadeth, who is not a family member of the 59-year-old man, told staff he was there to take the man home, Covelli said.
Staff informed Rahimzadeh that the man was not medically cleared to leave hospice and could not leave without authorization from the man’s power of attorney due to his condition.
Rahimzadeh identified himself as a detective and pulled open his jacket, which revealed a badge and firearm on his waist, Covelli said.
The staff at the facility immediately called 911 after Rahimzadeh refused to provide his name or police agency.
“Rahimzadeh refused to listen to staff, then without authority went past the staff to the man’s room and escorted the man out of the facility, although the man had extreme difficulty moving,” Covelli said.
As a nurse attempted to block Rahimzadeh from removing the man, Rahimzadeh elbowed her in the chest.
Rahimzadeh made it to the car with the man and fled. Staff was able to obtain Rahimzadeh’s license plate, which registered out of Buffalo Grove.
Buffalo Grove police officers responded to the address registered to the license plate and located Rahimzadeh.
Officers took the man into custody and held him for sheriff’s deputies. The firearm possessed by him was also recovered.
The man taken from the facility was located and was safe, Covelli said, adding that it was determined Rahimzadeh is a friend of the man.
The man had called Rahimzadeh, indicating he wanted to leave the facility prior to Rahimzadeh arriving at the facility.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, battery to a nurse, violation of the concealed carry act and three counts of aggravated assault.
Rahimzadeh remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.