CINCINNATI: A 66-year-old man accused of threatening hospital staffers with bear repellant, a gun and a walker has been charged with assault, aggravated menacing and other counts.
Steven Wuest struck a nurse with a can of bear repellant, tried to hit other medical staffers with a walker and pointed a loaded .22-caliber pistol at them on Oct. 10 in a suburban Cincinnati hospital, police said.
An affidavit by a Montgomery police officer alleges that Wuest struck a registered nurse at Bethesda North Hospital with the can of bear spray, injuring her hand. He also threatened to spray staffers with the bear repellant, and then threatened to shoot them with the pistol, the police officer said.
Hospital security staffers were able to take control, police said. Montgomery police said in an earlier report that officers seized a .38-caliber pistol, two .22-caliber pistols, ammo, the bear spray and other items from a duffel bag.
Wuest had remained hospitalized immediately after the incident. A spokesman for hospital-owner TriHealth said health privacy laws prevented him from discussing the patient.
A message was left Monday for Wuest’s attorney. No one answered a home telephone listed to Wuest.
Court records show he was charged Oct. 16 with inducing panic, assault, aggravated menacing and three counts of carrying concealed weapons. He was scheduled for a court appearance Nov. 12.