A patient stabbed a Boston EMT inside an ambulance while being taken to Massachusetts General Hospital from East Boston Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
Boston police responded at about 4 p.m. to a report of the stabbing at the edge of the city’s West End near the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, where the ambulance had pulled over, officials said.
Officers located a female suspect, later identified as Julie Tejeda, 31, of East Boston, at the scene and arrested her, according to authorities.
She is facing charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a public employee, and is expected to be arraigned on Thursday, Boston police said.
“The EMTs did not deserve this. Every day they go out and help people. They save lives,” Police Commissioner William Gross said at a press conference outside Mass. General.
The victim, a woman who is a 14-year veteran of Boston EMS, was stabbed multiple times, according to officials.
Her injuries were described as serious, but not life-threatening. She was being treated at Mass. General, officials said. On Wednesday night, the Boston Public Health Commission said she was out of surgery, awake, and recovering at MGH while surrounded by loved ones.
The victim and her partner on the ambulance had responded to East Boston for a report of an emotionally disturbed person and were taking the patient to the hospital when the attack occurred, Boston EMS Chief James Hooley said.
“The patient became unruly in the back of the truck,” Hooley said at the press conference.
The victim’s partner, a 10-year veteran of Boston EMS who was driving the ambulance, pulled over at the corner of New Chardon and Bowker streets. He went to assist the victim, Hooley said.
The suspect also produced mace or some other kind of chemical spray, and the ambulance driver was also taken to the hospital because he was exposed to the spray, he said. That EMT was treated and released on Wednesday, officials said.
Officers subdued the suspect and applied a tourniquet to the female EMT’s leg, said Hooley. He expected her to make a full recovery.
Officials did not say what type of weapon was used in the stabbing.