Man Arrested After Torrance Nurse Stabbed in Ear With Pencil

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A man was taken into custody after allegedly stabbing a nurse in the ear with a pencil at a hospital in Torrance on Sunday, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Thomas Robert Fredette, 38-year-old Santee resident, was booked April 20, 2014, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. (Credit: LASD)

A man entered a hospital about 9:20 a.m. located in the 1000 block of West Carson Street (map) after being vetted by a weapons screening area, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.

He then approached a group of nurses, grabbed one from behind and stabbed her in the ear with a “sharp object” that was believed to be a pencil, the release stated.

Thomas Robert Fredette, 38, of Santee was taken into custody after the nurse freed herself and pointed County Services Bureau deputies to her alleged attacker.

The nurse was treated for injuries that were not life threatening.

A pencil was believed to be the weapon and was recovered from the scene.

Fredette was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, the release stated. He was being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles in lieu of $130,000 bail, online county inmate records indicated.

Earlier Sunday morning, a man was taken into custody after allegedly stabbing an on-duty nurse at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Romero Carnalla, 26, was being held in lieu of $55,000 bail.

The incidents at the two hospitals were unrelated, according to authorities.

Fredette was expected to appear in court in Torrance on April 22.

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