SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 40 year-old man has been sentenced to a year and a half in jail, for an emergency room outburst that caused a Springfield hospital to be placed on lockdown.
Jim Leydon, spokesperson for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, told 22News that Manuel Carrasquillo pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the incident at Mercy Medical Center on March 14.
That night, prosecutors say police were called to the emergency department on a report of a man harassing a nurse at the triage desk, and using vulgar language- demanding to be seen by a doctor at once. The nurse explained that there were other patients in front of him, but Carrasquillo continued to make a scene.
Police managed to calm him down until a doctor could see him, but police had to be called in again afterwards, because Carrasquillo was again yelling and cursing- expressing displeasure about the care he received. Additional security had to be called in, and the hospital was placed on lockdown. Because Carrasquillo had been discharged, a Springfield police officer tried to escort him out of the hospital, but he reacted by yelling at and assaulting the officer.
He was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, and trespassing. The defense had recommended only probation for Carrasquillo, but the judge disagreed- sentencing him to 18 months in jail, followed by three years of probation.
In a news release sent to 22News, District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said it was important to prosecute such a case, because Carrasquillo’s conduct was unfair to those waiting to be seen at the hospital.
“In this case, people and their families who were seeking treatment and care, some in mental and physical pain already, were caused greater discomfort because of Mr. Carrasquillo’s inexplicable outburst and offensive behavior,” Gulluni said. “I am pleased that the judge accepted our recommendation and issued a firm sentence, echoing our message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.”