While Wauwatosa's Froedtert Hospital was still dealing with not only its usual flood of emergency care as well as dealing with critical patients from a mass shooting, a man disrupted the treatment center for nearly an hour.
A 37-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of trying to leave the hospital wearing a $1,200 heart monitor, then barricading himself inside a room.
Martavius Bryant was charged Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint: At 10:24 a.m. Oct. 24, Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies were called to the hospital after staff there reported Bryant was acting disruptive and disorderly.
Staff said Bryant was trying to leave the hospital despite recommendations from staff he stay as a patient, then tried to walk out with the heart monitor still attached to his chest.
Bryant then barricaded himself inside a hospital room and refused to come out.
A deputy spoke with him through the door until Bryant finally allowed him inside. Bryant was arrested and the heart monitor was found on a shelf in the room.
The incident disrupted hospital service for 45 minutes on one entire wing of the hospital – an hour short of two days after four gunshot patients were admitted and were still hospitalized following the Azana Spa shootings in Brookfield.
Bryant is currently out of custody while awaiting trial.