A North Chicago man has been charged after he allegedly punched a nurse and two security guards at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan, prosecutors said.
Rishon K. Travers, 33, a transient with a last known address in North Chicago, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and one count of aggravated battery to a nurse.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Emma Smoler said officers responded last Tuesday to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.
Travers was at the hospital seeking treatment and an emergency room technician was taking the man’s vitals.
Staff was going to take Travers’ phone because it is their policy when a patient is there for mental health treatment, Smoler said.
Travers was reportedly agitated and got out of the bed.
He became belligerent and was walking around before striking the emergency room technician in the face, Smoler said.
Travers also allegedly struck two security guards in the face.
Smoler said officers observed bruising on one victim and another was complaining of pain.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Travers held on a $200,000 bond.
Travers remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $20,000 cash in order to be released.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 22.