Pontiac Man Infected with COVID-19 Virus Assaults Emergency Room Staff

Patrick Crawford

PONTIAC, MI – A 25-year-old Pontiac man who is infected with the COVID-19 virus has been arraigned on charges after he allegedly assaulted emergency room staff.

Oakland County Sheriff Deputies responded to McLaren Oakland Hospital located at 50 N. Perry Street on the report of a patient who was assaulting Emergency Room Medical Staff. 

Upon their arrival, Deputies were advised a patient had been transported to McLaren Oakland Hospital for medical treatment. When the medical staff attempted to treat the patient, he became argumentative and began to assault them. The patient was placed in restraints by medical staff and later placed into an isolation room. Doctors began to evaluate the patient. He made verbal threats towards them and said  he was infected with the COVID-19 virus and began to spit at the 42-year-old attending physician and a 29-year-old man and 32-year-old man who are part of the emergency room nursing staff. The physician notified the Sheriff’s Operations Center of the incident.

When Deputies arrived, the suspect was secured while they conducted their investigation. Deputies were advised  the suspect tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. A physician medically cleared the suspect for incarceration. The suspect was transported to the Oakland County Jail where he was lodged pending the issuance of criminal charges. 

Patrick Michael Crawford, of Pontiac, was arrested on May 15th, 2020.

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office has issued the following charges:

  • Count 1 – Assault and Battery – 93-day Misdemeanor
  • Count 2 – Assault and Battery – 93-day Misdemeanor
  • Count 3 – Assault and Battery – 93-day Misdemeanor
  • Count 4 – Assault and Battery – 93-day Misdemeanor
  • Count 5 – Disorderly Person – 90-day Misdemeanor

Patrick Crawford has a criminal history which includes Malicious Destruction of Property, Domestic Violence, Larceny, and Resisting/Obstructing Police.

Crawford was arraigned on May 16th, 2020, by Magistrate Michael Bosnic from the Oakland County Jail. Bond was set at $5,000. His next court date has not been set. Crawford currently is still lodged at the Oakland County Jail.

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Patrick Crawford