OC man accused of punching nurse at hospital

Staff writer

An Oil City man is facing assault charges after he allegedly punched a nurse Sunday at UPMC Northwest.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Andrew Fish’s office said police were sent to the area of Seeley and Linden avenues at about 5:20 a.m. Sunday after receiving reports of an intoxicated man.

The complaint says 20-year-old Alan Brock was found by police with fresh blood on his face and looking extremely impaired by alcohol or another substance. Medical personnel were requested at the scene due to Brock’s injuries and level of impairment, the complaint said.

Brock was treated at the scene by Oil City firefighters and Community Ambulance Service personnel. He was then taken to UPMC Northwest for more treatment.

Shortly after 6:20 a.m., Oil City patrolman Timothy Karns received a call from a state police trooper who said Brock was making a scene at the hospital, the complaint said. The trooper told Karns that Brock had assaulted a nurse by striking him in the facial area, the complaint said.

Another officer went to the hospital and Brock yelled profanities continuously and was being uncooperative even after being warned to stop by hospital staff and the other officer, the complaint said.

Charges filed against Brock include a felony count of aggravated assault as well as one count each of disorderly conduct, purchase of alcoholic beverages by a minor and public drunkenness.

Brock was arraigned before Fish and released on $3,500 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing in the case has been tentatively scheduled for Feb. 1 in Venango County Central Court.