Emily Welker, Published September 13 2013
Fargo man accused of attempting to use a penny to cut Sanford security guardFARGO – A Fargo man faces felony charges after being accused by police of trying to cut a Sanford Health emergency room security guard with a penny.
Juan Paul Flores, 60, of Fargo, was charged Monday in Cass County District Court with one count of contact by bodily fluids, a Class C felony.
Court documents filed with the case state that a security officer was waiting with Flores in the family waiting room at Sanford’s emergency room, 740 4th St. N., on Sept 6 when officers were called for a report of an assault.
The police report stated that security guard Joshua Smith had scratches on his face, and cuts on his arm and left wrist.
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. Then, Smith said, Flores tried to cut him with a penny that was in his pocket.
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.
Officers handcuffed Flores, who allegedly spit on one of them 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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