Hospital patient charged with aggravated assault

A Greensburg man has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly attempting to attack a nurse and a police officer while at the Warren General Hospital psychiatric unit.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, officers were dispatched to a panic alarm set off at WGH on July 28. Upon their arrival, officers said Troy Konieczny, 38, was found to have stolen two metal bolts from the IV in his room. A nurse on the unit told police that Konieczny had first attempted to assault her, and that he locked himself inside his room and when he came back out, “he had the bolts between the fingers. He made forward progress” on the nurse, causing her to fear for her life, police said.

Police, too, were attacked in the same manner, with Konieczny facing them in the corner of a closet when they arrived. Police told him to drop his weapons, noting that the bolts were between his fingers. Police told Konieczny that he would be tazed, at which point he “made forward progress on (police) in an aggressive manner.” Konieczny had the bolts “striking out between his fingers and he was yelling at (police) to shoot him.”

Police at that point tazed Konieczny and placed him in handcuffs. He was remanded to the Warren County Jail on $25,000 bail on August 3, according to online court documents, and he awaits a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8.

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