Man uses HIV/AIDS as a weapon in attack

Man uses HIV/AIDS as a weapon in attack

19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek finds out the details of a strange attack.  The weapon of choice in the incident was the AIDS virus.

Police say an HIV positive patient spit onto the face and into mouth of a hospital worker at MetroHealth Medical Center.

The situation quickly turned into an emergency for the staff person who was simply trying to help a patient.

Records show the man went wild at the hospital's dental clinic.

Authorities document that the man was cursing and threatening in a "menacing manner".

The unnamed patient went into a fit of rage that included punching a computer monitor and spitting into a worker's face and mouth.

Records show the man is aware of the fact that he's HIV positive and infected with the AIDS virus.

Prior to this incident, the patient was a suspect in an attempted assault on a hospital police officer.

Investigators have requested that patient's medical records.

19 Action News will identify him if he in fact gets indicted for using the AIDS virus as a weapon.

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