A Sweetwater man was arrested in the early hours of June 18 after he allegedly waved a large knife around in Sweetwater Hospital.

Sweetwater Officer Kelvin Franco said he went to the hospital just before 4 a.m. and talked to hospital staff who pointed out the man they said had been brandishing the knife.

Franco, who recognized the man as Brian Thompson, went over to him and saw a large hunting knife lying beside him. Franco said he detained Thompson, then talked with hospital personnel.

One told him she was outside smoking a cigarette when Thompson came up to her and said the hospital staff was “always giving him hell” for trying to get coffee, so he allegedly proceeded to pull out the knife and walk into the emergency room entrance.

Franco then talked with another employee who told him he saw Thompson walk in waving the knife, being disruptive, but didn’t directly threaten anyone.

The witness did say Thompson rambled, saying he knew people there and he was tired of being treated badly.

The witness said he asked Thompson if the knife was real, Thompson said it was, and the witness asked him to put it away, but Thompson refused and walked out of the ER.

Franco said he placed Thompson under arrest and took him to the jail where his knife was discarded because it was open bladed and the jail wouldn’t take it.

Thompson, 56, McCaslin Avenue, Sweetwater, was charged with disorderly conduct.

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