Mountain View Voice

News - May 14, 2010

Lab tech dodges crutch-throwing patient

A Milipitas man was left without a leg to stand on the evening of Monday, May 3, after being cited for battery for allegedly throwing one of his crutches at a medical technician at a Mountain View hospital.

The 22-year-old technician claims Milipitas resident Ricky King, 53, verbally abused staff at El Camino Hospital after being transported there via ambulance, Mountain View Police Department spokeswoman Liz Wylie said. King was asked to leave the hospital, Wylie said, and he allegedly threw the crutch as he was being escorted from the premises.

The technician submitted a request for a citizen's arrest to the Mountain View Police Department at 5:15 p.m., Wylie said.

Police transported King to another hospital where he was admitted for treatment, she said. Once he had been installed in the hospital, the officers cited King for battery on a physician, she said.

The technician was not injured by the thrown crutch, Wylie said.

— Martin Sanchez

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