NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 67-year-old man has been arrested after police said he attacked five nurses and a security guard inside of a parking garage at Saint Thomas Midtown Wednesday morning.
Officers responded around 6:15 a.m. to the garage on 20th Avenue North at State Street, where they learned at least six people, all Saint Thomas staff members, had been attacked by a man on an elevator.
Metro police said the suspect, identified as Larry Brown, had received treatment at the hospital and was discharged, but refused to leave.
After being escorted off the property, officers said Brown entered the garage and rode the elevator up and down, assaulting five female nurses by punching them in the head.
A hospital security guard looking for Brown found him in a stairwell on the sixth floor of the parking garage, where police said Brown punched the guard in the head.
Brown was taken into custody on six counts of assault, but investigators said more victims have since come forward and additional charges are expected against the suspect.
The 67-year-old has a lengthy criminal history, having been arrested more than 200 times since 1975, including multiple assault charges, according to police.
He was convicted in 2019 of assaulting a female health care provider after hitting a fire department medic, while being transported in an ambulance.
Brown remains in the Metro jail on a $30,000 bond.
Saint Thomas released the following statement to News 2 Wednesday afternoon regarding the attacks:
“We are saddened to confirm that several Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown associates were assaulted early this morning in a 20th Avenue parking garage elevator. Four of our associates were treated and released for their injuries. The suspect has been apprehended and is in police custody.
“The safety of our associates and patients is of the utmost importance to us. Increased security measures have been put in place. Additionally, MNPD will continue to provide an officer in our Emergency Department daily from 5 PM to 5 AM and our security surveillance in the parking garages will continue 24/7. We will also continue to make security available to escort our associates to and from their vehicles as we evaluate additional preventative measures to ensure safety.”