Charges: Rehab patient squirts blood-loaded syringe at Mercy Hospital nurses

A drug rehab patient at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn. has been charged with terroristic threats for squirting a syringe loaded with his own blood at nurses in the chemical dependency unit. Keagan Lee Johnson-Lloyd, 20, of Rochester, Minn. is also charged with false imprisonment for holding a hospital visitor inside of an elevator, against her will.

According to the charges, nurses believe a friend gave Johnson-Lloyd a syringe with heroin, his drug of choice, during a May 17 visit. Not long after the visitor left the hospital, Johnson-Lloyd's behavior changed, and he tried to get into the elevator and leave the secured 5th floor.

During this escape attempt, Johnson-Lloyd blocked another hospital visitor inside the elevator, using his body. The nurses were able to distract Johnson-Lloyd to allow the visitor to get out of the elevator and toward the nurses station.

Johnson-Lloyd was allegedly using the needle and syringe to remove his own blood and squirt it at the nurses, sometimes hitting them in the face and body. Many of the nurses retreated behind protective glass, but Johnson-Lloyd kept reloading the syringe and would squirt blood through the small gaps in the glass used for communication. When close enough, Johnson-Lloyd even tried to stab nurses with the needle.

Johnson-Lloyd is charged with 3 counts of terroristic threats and one count of false imprisonment for this incident.

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