Robbinsdale Man May Face Charges for Shutting Off North Memorial’s Oxygen
A search warrant filed Friday says a Robbinsdale man climbed a chain-link fence, broke the metal clasps and zip ties, and shut off the oxygen to the entire North Memorial Health Hospital. The incident happened Dec. 27. Charges in the case are pending.
According to the search warrant, surveillance video shows a person with a “distinct coat” crossing the road and approaching a fenced-in area near the oxygen tanks. At about the same time, hospital engineers were alerted to a pressure drop in the hospital’s oxygen levels. The search warrant indicated that the incident could have resulted in serious harm or death to patients. No injuries have been reported.
The affidavit also says a man with the same distinct coat “unplugging computers and televisions” inside the hospital within the previous month. The document did not specify a possible motive for the behavior.
Court records show the 39-year-old suspect was previously convicted of a misdemeanor for tampering with Xcel Energy gas meters. Officials with North Memorial did not respond to a CCX News inquiry Monday.
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