SA patient brutally assaults hospital employee after being denied money, cigarettes, police say

Jarvis Hargrove, 26, charged with aggravated assault - serious bodily injury

Courtesy: Bexar County Jail
Courtesy: Bexar County Jail

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio State Hospital employee was seriously injured after authorities said he was assaulted by a patient because he refused to give the man money and cigarettes.

Staff members told law enforcement officials that Jarvis Hargrove was admitted to the hospital for an emergency detention, to which they later learned he was under the influence of drugs, according to an arrest affidavit.

According to online records, Hargrove was arrested Sept. 29 on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

Hargrove, who was being moved to one room to another by the victim Friday, asked him for money and cigarettes. When the victim told him "no," that's when Hargrove punched the man in the face, kneed him in his body and then struck him on the back of the head, according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Hargrove was placed in a restraint chair by staff members and sedated for his safety.

The victim was taken to the nearby Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, where doctors said his nose was broken.

Hargrove is now being charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony.

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