Two employees at NHRMC injured by person in emergency department, suspect arrested

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Novant NHRMC confirmed that two staff members were injured Tuesday afternoon by someone inside of NHRMC’s emergency department. The extent of their injuries have not been disclosed at this time.

Regarding the incident, a spokesperson from NHRMC/Novant Health stated:

“Our first concern is for the employees and their families. For their privacy, we will not discuss any personnel connections to the incident. NHRMC Company Police is currently investigating this incident.”

24-year-old Rothwell Jacob Simmons has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident. Simmons has been charged with two counts of assault by strangulation and two counts of attempted first degree murder. the extent of the victims’ injuries has not been disclosed at this time.

New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David says incidents like this are reason there are laws that protect healthcare workers assaulted on the job.

“There is emotions that run high there at times, and with people who are in crisis, and when that occurs these people really put their lives on the line, and we should remember that, and it’s for that reason that when injury befalls them, we take it very seriously,”  said Ben David, New Hanover County District Attorney.

Simmons’ is being held under a $7.5 million bond. His next court appearance will be February 3.

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