Man knocks out hospital doctor with kick to the face, sets bed sheets on fire: police

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — A 56-year-old hospital patient knocked out his doctor, punched a Nassau University Medical Center safety officer and then set his bed sheets on fire, police said.

Joseph Hores allegedly assaulted his doctor at the hospital and set bed sheets on fire. (Nassau County Police Department)

Joseph Hores allegedly kicked his doctor, 54, in the face because the doctor refused to give Hores medication he wanted, officials said. Hores then allegedly punched a member of the hospital security staff in the face when they intervened.

Hospital officials restrained Hores in a bed. That’s when the patient allegedly pulled a cigarette lighter from his pocket and set his bed sheets on fire, police said. Staff at the hospital quickly extinguished the flames.

The doctor who was kicked suffered a concussion and the guard who was punched was treated for a contusion, police said.

Hores was charged with assault, arson and criminal mischief, police said. He was arraigned on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.