Man arrested at North Florida Regional Medical Center after attacking security guards, pulling fire alarm


Alexander Travis Watson, 28, was arrested yesterday evening after attacking security guards and pulling the fire alarm at North Florida Regional Medical Center.

The incident began at about 3:50 p.m. in the north tower of the hospital, when Watson allegedly struck a security guard on the arm, then pushed him into a door, pulled a fire alarm, and ran down the stairwell. Watson then allegedly grabbed a second security guard, lifted him off the ground, and attempted to slam him to the ground. At one point, three security guards and a police officer were trying to subdue Watson. The police officer eventually decided to “dry-stun” (a tactic that does not use the probes but causes pain) Watson with the Taser; Watson then allegedly tried to turn the Taser back on the officer.

Watson has been charged with four counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and making a false fire alarm. He is being held on $175,000 bond.

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