GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The stabbing of a nurse with a ballpoint pen in a hospital parking ramp Wednesday morning is not believed to be a random act.
The female Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital nurse was assaulted inside Ramp 7, which is located off of Michigan Street, on the side of the ramp where employees park, Spectrum Health spokesman Bruce Rossman said.
Police say that around 8 a.m., she was approached by a man as she loaded her belongings into her car.
“The male apparently said a couple of things to her and ended up jabbing her in the chest with a pen,” GRPD Lt. Pat Merrill told 24 Hour News 8.
The nurse was stabbed in the upper chest area and was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Police say they do not think this attack was random. Rather, it was likely part of an ongoing dispute.
“This case is pretty hot right now. We’ve got a couple jurisdictions involved because this disagreement spans several jurisdictions,” Merrill said.
He said the disagreement has nothing to do with the hospital.
Hospital security guards are reviewing security cameras as they work to try and identify the suspect.
“I’ve actually got two teams of investigators out in the field right now,” Merrill said.
He declined to provide more details, saying the investigation was moving “pretty quick.”
Rossman said the hospital is working closely with police in the investigation and that security is being increased in all the hospital’s parking ramps.
Anyone can request a security escort to enter or exit the hospital, Rossman said, adding that the safety and security of staff and visitors is the hospital’s top priority.