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Published September 14, 2013, 03:19 PM

Fargo man accused of assaulting guard with penny

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo man faces felony charges after being accused by police of trying to cut a hospital emergency room security guard with a penny.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo man faces felony charges after being accused by police of trying to cut a hospital emergency room security guard with a penny.

The Forum reports that 60-year-old Juan Paul Flores was charged Monday with one count of contact by bodily fluids.

Court documents said Joshua Smith, a security officer, was waiting with Flores in the family waiting room at Sanford's emergency room on Sept. 6 when officers were called for a report of an assault.

Smith told officers he was sitting with Flores, who was waiting to be seen for suicidal thoughts. Smith said Flores would periodically get up and try to provoke him.

Smith said he searched Flores and took away all his pocket change. At one point, he said, Flores put something in his mouth that Smith thought was a razor blade, but it turned out to be a penny. Smith said when he let Flores go, Flores scratched him in the face.

Smith said Flores then tried to cut him with a penny that was in his pocket.

The police report said the security guard had scratches on his face, and cuts on his arm and left wrist.

Police said Flores spit on an officer as he was being taken to the squad car. His bail was set at $300.

The next court appearance for Flores is Oct. 9.

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