- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - An Alexandria man is facing a second-degree assault charge for allegedly attacking and trying to strangle a mental health worker at St. Cloud Hospital with an electrical cord.

Forty-two-year-old William Chad Kern is accused of attacking the woman while she was working with him Sunday. The St. Cloud Times reports (http://on.sctimes.com/1ZMjaGL ) Kern had been civilly committed and ordered to complete treatment at the hospital.

The worker says Kern became upset after she wouldn’t give him a CPAP breathing device and allegedly ripped a security card reader from the wall.

Authorities say Kern returned to his room with wires from the device, grabbed the worker and began to choke her. Hospital personnel eventually intervened.

A judge has ordered Kern undergo a mental competency evaluation. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

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Information from: St. Cloud Times, http://www.sctimes.com

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