- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh police have charged a man with felony criminal mischief and other crimes for allegedly spraying a fire extinguisher in a patient information area of a hospital after angrily demanding that a nurse give him a cigarette.

Police say 23-year-old Christopher Martinez was also drunk during the bizarre series of incidents at UPMC Shadyside hospital about 5 p.m. Monday.

Police say Martinez confronted a nurse ending her shift and threatened to “mess her up” if she didn’t give him a cigarette. Police say he also smashed a glass extinguisher container with a rock before spraying the device. Police say the damage exceeded $1,000.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Martinez who was not immediately arraigned. It was not immediately clear whether Martinez was instead undergoing a mental health evaluation.

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