UPDATE: ETMC-Tyler releases statement regarding security following stabbing
ETMC-Tyler Vice-President of Operations Art Chance released the following statement:
East Texas Medical Center Tyler is taking steps to increase its level of on-campus security, including the immediate deployment of more security staff members.
With recent events, the security department has also evaluated on-campus security associated with cameras and lighting. To that end, we have made improvements to our overall system and will continue to upgrade our security technology. In both incidents that occurred recently, clear video images of the assailant were obtained, which are assisting law enforcement investigations.
Maintaining a safe environment requires that everyone remain vigilant and on guard. Employees and visitors should be aware of their surroundings at all times and report any suspicious individuals loitering on campus. ETMC security escorts to and from vehicles are available to anyone on request.
Anyone wishing to report a suspicious individual may contact the ETMC security department at 903-531-8800 or call the Tyler Police Department.
1. Some individuals have asked why licensed and concealed handguns cannot be carried inside hospitals; Texas state law prohibits individuals from carrying firearms inside all Texas hospitals.
2. There have been no decreases in security staffing at ETMC Tyler.
On Monday February 20, 2012 at approximately 10:40 p.m., Officers responded to Medical Center Hospital located at 1000 S. Beckham in reference to an armed robbery.
A hospital employee told Officers that she was exiting the main entrance and had been attacked by a black male suspect with a knife. The suspect stabbed the victim in the arm during a struggle and took the victims purse. The victim was treated for non-life threatening cut to her arm at Medical Center.
The suspect is described as a thin black male approximately 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 140-150 lbs. The suspect was wearing a black hooded coat, red shirt, dark pants and tennis shoes. The suspects head appears to be shaved. The suspect fled southbound from the hospital. Officers searched the area.
The case is currently under investigation by Tyler Police Department Detectives.
Tyler Police tell KETK, a woman was stabbed in the arm around 10:30 Monday night as she was leaving from East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Police said a man attempted to grab her purse before stabbing her and then running away.
Officers are currently looking for the suspect.
We will bring you more details as they become available.