MEDINA – Two nurses chased down and tackled a 24-year-old prisoner late Thursday after he bolted from a hospital emergency room in an attempt to escape custody, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The incident occurred at 11:20 p.m. at Medina Memorial Hospital, said Christopher Bourke, Orleans County Undersheriff.
Sebastian Bonk of Albion had been taken shackled to the hospital, complaining of chest pains, when he ran out the emergency room door, through the lobby and out of the building, Bourke said. Two nurses – Capri Sullivan and Stephanie Atwell – and Corrections Officer Steven Corrigan gave chase.
Bonk, who had pulled his leg shackles up his legs to gain mobility, was taken down about 80 yards north of the hospital on Ohio Street, Bourke said.
The nurses, Corrigan and Chris Jones, a physician assistant, attempted to pin Bonk down so that he could be handcuffed as Bonk tried to fight them off, deputies said.
“I regard them as doing the right thing,” said Scott D. Wilson, Orleans County Jail superintendent. “I responded to the hospital the night of the incident and was there until 4:30 a.m. the next day. I was worried about the emotional aspect of the officer. That’s traumatic when something like that happened on your tour of duty.”
The nurses and Corrigan were treated for injuries incurred in the scuffle and released.
Earlier in the day Bonk was arrested on a charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument and sent to jail.
He now faces additional charges which include escape, resisting arrest, assault and assault of a corrections officer. Ridgeway Town Justice Joseph Kujawa set bail at $300,000 but Monday reduced it to $150,000.
Last November Bonk was charged with felony third-degree rape for inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for giving a child younger than 18 a tattoo. He bonded out on $5,000 in November, said Wilson.