Akron Police believe they have the man who stole an AMR Ambulance from St. Thomas Hospital early Tuesday morning. 

According to the APD report, officers responded to the hospital at 444 North Main Street Tuesday around 1:30 a.m., regarding a stolen medical unit. An EMS worker, employed by Physicians and Surgeons (AMR), told them that while they were dropping off a patient inside the hospital, someone jumped into their ambulance and drove off. 

While taking a report at St. Thomas, APD Officers were notified of an accident involving an ambulance at Merriman Road and Treaty Line Road. The suspect reportedly crashed the ambulance into a utility pole and then fled the scene. 

Later Tuesday morning, around 3:30 a.m., officers were called to the University of Akron, Polsky's Parking Deck about a suspicious person. Shortly after, APD found 32-year-old Durelle Johnson of Cuyahoga Falls. With him, Johnson had a backpack with him that contained medical supplies that was taken from the EMS unit. 

Johnson is currenly charged with receiving stolen property, but is facing additional charges pending the investigation, according to APD. 



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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:32

Hospital Guard Recovering, Investigation Starts

The St. Thomas Hospital security guard stabbed by a patient at the hospital on Tuesday night is recovering.

Summa Health officials say Art Belcher Jr. is in stable condition, and is expected to make a full recovery.

They say the stabbing was "unprovoked".

Akron police say that 33 year-old Andrew Wallace was arrested and charged with felonious assault. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Summa Health says it's conducting a "thorough review" of the incident.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has also opened an investigation, due to it being an incident of workplace violence.

An OSHA spokesman says they'll try to determine if proper OSHA procedures were in place at St. Thomas when the stabbing happened.

Scott Allen tells WAKR.net that OSHA thinks the incident "could have been prevented had the employer used all precautions they could to protect their workers."

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