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Records: Joliet man grabs nurse at Silver Cross Hospital

A Joliet man got into a physical altercation with a nurse at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, police said.

Officers went to the hospital on Feb. 4 after receiving a report of a battery, said New Lenox Police Detective Sgt. Micah Nuesse.

The officers located a male nurse who was allegedly attacked by Bernard L. Fredericks III, 35, of the 1000 block of West Marion Street, Nuesse said.

Fredericks was a patient at Silver Cross Hospital and he allegedly became verbally abusive with the nurse, Nuesse said.

Fredericks then initiated a physical altercation with the nurse, Neusse said. The nurse suffered minor injuries, Nuesse said.

A criminal complaint filed against Fredericks alleged he grabbed the nurse while he was performing his duties. Fredericks faces a felony charge of aggravated battery to a nurse and misdemeanor battery.

Judge Dave Carlson signed a warrant for Fredericks' arrest on Feb. 5. The warrant carries a $250,000 bond. Fredericks was arrested and booked into the Will County jail shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday.

On Tuesday, a judge denied a motion to lower Fredericks’ bond.

Fredericks was charged on Nov. 8 with attempting to foil or defeat a drug or alcohol screening test. He pleaded not guilty to the charge, according to court records.

Fredericks pleaded guilty to burglary on Jan. 22, 2016, court records show. Charges of theft and criminal trespass to a vehicle were dropped in the case.

Fredericks also pleaded guilty to battery in two separate cases in 2003, court records show.

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