UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — A man accused of roaming Uniontown Hospital, touching equipment and even shoving a nurse spoke exclusively to KDKA-TV.
“I told them I was mad scientist Jerry Wingrove and that’s who I am,” he told KDKA-TV.
Wingrove, 37, explained his version of what happened.
“I touched her computer – I shouldn’t have did that – not my computer,” he said. “That’s all I did.”
According to Uniontown Hospital Police, Wingrove was walking around the second floor of the hospital at about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday when a nurse saw him looking at a computer and asked him to leave.
Wingrove allegedly shoved the nurse and started to walk down a patient hallway. The nurse told police she was in fear of Wingrove and worried that he might hurt someone.
“No – I didn’t go and hurt nobody,” he said. “I healed them. You know, you heal them, of course the sickness is going to come back from all the earth and planets, from the aliens and everything.”
Jim Proud, vice president of human resources and marketing at Uniontown Hospital told KDKA-TV: “We have invested hospital resources into forming our own police department to deal with a case like this. We want our building, staff and patients to be safe. We are glad that no one was seriously injured.”
Sources close to the investigation tell KDKA that Wingrove was given a mental evaluation and was found fit to be released.
That’s little comfort for his neighbors.
“It’s just mind-boggling that somebody like that is – you know what I mean, right next door … free, it’s just – something needs to be done with him,” Joshua Grimm said.
Wingrove was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, defiant trespass and harassment. He was released on his own recognizance.