Van Buren woman arrested after allegedly assaulting security guard at Aroostook hospital

Posted March 03, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Van Buren woman who allegedly smashed a window at The Aroostook Medical Center and punched a security guard in the face was arrested and charged recently with several crimes stemming from the incident.

Presque Isle Police Chief Matt Irwin said Monday that Angela Caruso, 42, sought treatment at The Aroostook Medical Center on Feb. 27. He noted that shortly after 2 p.m., police were called to the scene.

When officers arrived at the hospital, they discovered Caruso outside with a security guard and other staff members. Irwin said that the guard had a red mark on his face, and Caruso was belligerent, cursing, screaming and refusing to cooperate with officers.

Hospital staff told the officers that Caruso had come to the hospital and requested the drug Dilaudid, an opioid similar to morphine that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Irwin said that when the physician refused and offered her a nonnarcotic pain reliever, Caruso became furious, broke a window in the emergency room, verbally abused the staff and assaulted the security guard.

She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, assault, violation of conditions of release and criminal mischief.

Caruso will appear in court on April 9. Officer Kyle White investigated the incident.

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