Man facing charges after allegedly headbutting, punching Allegheny General Hospital nurse

PITTSBURGH — A Tarentum man is facing aggravated assault charges after allegedly headbutting and punching a nurse.

According to police paperwork, Pittsburgh EMS took 22-year-old Dakota Guerre to the emergency room at Allegheny General Hospital.

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Guerre had been reportedly highly intoxicated and combative during his transport to the hospital, so much so that Pittsburgh police officers had to help out the medics.

After several hours in the ER, Guerre allegedly became combative with the medical staff. A registered nurse said that Guerre headbutted him, put him in a headlock and punched him in the face. According to the nurse, Guerre said, “I’ll rip you in half,” and “I’m going to kill you.”

The medical staff was eventually able to restrain him.

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Highmark Health police took him into custody and charged him with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

In a statement, Highmark Health said, “We cannot comment on any specifics related to this patient’s care at AGH or to the charges against him. What I can say is that incidents of violence against hospital caregivers has grown significantly in the United States over the past several years. At AHN, we place the highest priority on maintaining the safety of our facilities for frontline employees, working with both our network police force and local law enforcement agencies to defuse volatile situations and remove those who threaten or cause harm to an employee from our sites of care. We have zero tolerance for threats or acts of violence against our caregivers.”

Guerre’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 20, 2022.