Overdose patient charged with fighting with staff, biting security guard at Pa. hospital

Man charged with aggravated assault and simple assault in connection with incident


Aug. 07--A 32-year-old man being treated for an overdose Tuesday at an Allentown hospital fought with hospital staff and bit a security guard, , according to court records.

Allentown police were dispatched at 7:25 p.m. to St. Luke's Hospital, 1736 Hamilton St., on a report of an assault by a patient. Gilberto Rivera of Allentown was being treated for an overdose when he became aggressive with staff, court records say.

Rivera allegedly yelled, cursed and kicked at staff and had to be held down to be placed in restraints. As he was being held down, he bit a security guard in the right hand, drawing blood, according to court records.

Police did not say what Rivera had overdosed from.

Rivera, of the 200 block of North Fulton Street, was charged with aggravated assault and simple assault. He was arraigned by District Judge Rod Beck and sent to Lehigh County Jail under $50,000 bail.

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