GARDEN GROVE (CBSLA.com) — Police announced Wednesday that a patient diagnosed with schizophrenia was taken into custody after two officers were attacked at an assisted-living facility, officials said.
According to Garden Grove police, Nam Hoag Nguyen, 41, was charged with assault on a police officer with great bodily injury.
Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, officers received a call from a caretaker at Nancy’s Guest Village, reporting of a patient resisting an attempt to transfer him to a hospital for treatment due to lack of medication, police said.
Authorities said the caretaker fled to her office and called police once Nguyen became violent and vandalized her vehicle.
According to police, Nguyen fled to his room, where two officers tried to detain him upon their arrival to the facility in the 13000 block of Clinton Street.
Nguyen attacked both officers, managing to knock the male officer to the ground and repeatedly punch him in the head, officials said.
Police said the female officer unsuccessfully used her Taser on Nguyen, and the fight continued until enough officers arrived on scene to restrain Nguyen and take him into custody.
A news release stated that the male officer suffered a concussion, blurred vision, several bruises and a cut above his left eye, and the female officer suffered a broken rib and pain to her left ankle.
Both officers were treated and released from UCI Medical Center in Orange, police said.
According to authorities, Nguyen was medically cleared at the Garden Grove Medical Center before he was booked at the Orange County Jail.