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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man accused of punching hospital guards

Michael S. Johnson
Michael S. Johnson

Police said a man at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital lashed out at two hospital employees as he was being held at the hospital as a precaution after he made threats of suicide or homicide.

Michael S. Johnson, 52, of the 900 block of North Ninth Street was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault after police said he punched two security guards at the hospital at 2:18 p.m. on Saturday. If convicted of the more serious charge of aggravated battery, Johnson could face up to seven years in prison.

According to court records, Johnson was being held at the hospital because of suicidal or homicidal statements he had made. Hospital staff told DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies that he became belligerent and was yelling and cursing, according to court documents.

Two members of the hospital security staff were called and Johnson cocked his legs on the bed as though he were going to kick, according to court records. He then punched both guards in the face, causing a bleeding scratch on one guard and leaving a red mark on the chin of the other, according to court records. He then was restrained before police arrived, according to court records.

Judge Phillip Montgomery ordered Johnson released on his signature Monday. Montgomery also granted Johnson leave to travel to Florida, where he will be residing once he closes on his home in DeKalb.

Johnson next is due in court at 9 a.m. April 17.