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Man accused of punching three Oklahoma City hospital workers

George L. Batiste, 28, faces assault and battery charges in a May 1 incident at St. Anthony Hospital.
by Tim Willert Modified: May 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm •  Published: May 14, 2013
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A man accused of punching two hospital security guards and an X-ray technician was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court with three counts of assault and battery upon an emergency medical care provider.

George Lance Batiste, 28, is accused of punching St. Anthony Hospital security guards Earl Smith and Michael Heil and technician Eric Dahl on May 1, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Batiste had been placed in emergency detention and was waiting to be evaluated when he tried to run away, police reported.

He punched Smith several times in the arms before punching Dhal in the face, according to the affidavit. When Heil tried to assist, Batiste punched him in the face, knocking off his glasses, police reported.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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