WOONSOCKET – A 21-year-old North Smithfield woman is facing charges of attacking two different nurses at Landmark Medical Center in the span of about a week.
Lyric Avelino of 40 Old Great Road is charged with two counts of assault on a health care provider, a felony. Police in North Smithfield picked her up on Woonsocket police warrants Saturday, April 29.
One of Avelino’s victims reportedly suffered substantial injury in the alleged assault. When he encountered the victim, Patrolman Nicholas D’Alessio reported, the 36-year-old woman was being treated in a neck brace and she was “highly upset, in pain and crying.”
The assault happened about 3:12 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, when Avelino had been taken to the Cass Avenue hospital for “her mental state and possible intoxication,” officers reported.
The victim told police that during a portion of the intake procedure, Avelino stood on top of a bed, grabbed her by the head, “jerked her around and dragged her onto the bed by her head and neck.” The injured nurse later reported the LMC emergency room for treatment, according to a police report.
Police say Avelino is also accused of assaulting a second nurse, a 39-year-old female, on the morning of Friday, April 28. In that incident, Avelino allegedly grabbed the woman by the hair and began punching her in the face multiple times until other staff members were able to pull her away from the nurse.
The victim suffered facial bruises.