THARPTOWN - A patient at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital has been charged with assaulting a nurse Thursday morning at the medical facility.

David F. Fleming, 52, of 8557 Adams Court, Hummelstown, was arraigned at 11:30 a.m. Thursday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III on a felony offense of aggravated assault and misdemeanors of simple assault and harassment. He was committed to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

The charges were filed by Coal Township Patrolman Matthew Hashuga in connection with the alleged assault of nurse Alison Hart at 8 a.m. on the second-floor, medical/surgical unit at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital. Police said Hart suffered bruising and soreness on her upper right arm that required emergency room treatment.

According to a criminal complaint, Hart sid Fleming attempted to leave the hospital at approximately 5 a.m. and was banging a chair against a wall in his room at 6:30 a.m.

Hart told police that she was talking with Fleming in the family room, when he grabbed her by the shirt and attempted to pinch her in the face. Hart said she was able to dodge Fleming's first punch, but said the defendant then punched her in the right arm.

Police said another nurse, Kristina Wyland, came to Hart's assistance after hearing her scream. Wyland was able to get Fleming to release Hart.

Wyland told police she saw Fleming holding Hart's arms when she entered the family room. She said Fleming ran out of the room before she was able to walk him back to his room after summoning hospital security.