Police: Woman assaults doctor at York Hospital


A York City woman attacked a female doctor and attempted to slash her neck in York Hospital's emergency room, police allege.

Teguila Sue Abel, 33, of 258 W. Cottage Place, was quickly subdued by a nurse and hospital security officers and was arrested by York City Police on Sunday, according to her charging documents.

The doctor had red marks on her neck as the result of the attack, documents state.

Abel is charged with aggravated assault and is free on $25,000 bail, according to court records.

Court records don't list an attorney for Abel.

The attack: The doctor told police that Abel was in a hospital room to be treated when Abel summoned the doctor into the room and asked that the door be closed, documents state.

It's not clear why Abel was in the hospital.

The doctor told police she was "alarmed and concerned" by Abel's "behavior and mannerism," documents state.

Abel then tried to stand behind the doctor, blocking the doorway, when she grabbed the doctor's neck and slashed her with an edged plastic tab she broke off a pediatric code cart, documents state. The carts are used to haul emergency medical equipment around the hospital.

The doctor was able to yell for help, and an emergency room nurse as well as hospital security rushed to her aid, documents state.

Precautions: Barry Sparks, spokesman for WellSpan Health, owner of York Hospital, said the hospital has safeguards in place to protect its staff members as well as patients and visitors.

Two hospital security guards are stationed in the emergency room around the clock, and a city police officer is on duty there during the evening hours.

But attacks on staff members do occur.

"It's certainly not an ordinary thing, but it does happen from time to time," he said.

When it does happen, the assaulted staff member must report it to a security guard or a supervisor. A hospital security task force reviews what happened to see if precautionary measures need to be addressed.

"WellSpan takes the safety of its staff members, visitors and patients very seriously," Sparks said.

The hospital treats about 80,000 people in its emergency room annually, he noted.

Abel's preliminary hearing before District Judge Ronald Haskell is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, records state.

A phone number for Abel could not be located.