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Knife wielding man pleads guilty

February 2, 2018 GMT

KINGMAN — A Bullhead City man pleaded guilty Wednesday for assaulting a nurse and a police officer at a Bullhead City hospital in August.

Jonathan Richie Hiromoto, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault. He had been charged with

two other counts of aggravated assault, first-degree escape, second-degree escape and resisting arrest.

Under the plea agreement, Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. will sentence Hiromoto to a stipulated 2.5 years in prison. The judge will sentence the defendant Feb. 28.

Hiromoto was arrested Aug. 9, 2017 after he became combative and began hitting nurses at the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center. Armed with a knife, he tried to gain access to the emergency room. Hiromoto also resisted arrest, fought with police officers, kicking one in the leg, and tried to grab an officer’s gun belt, Bullhead City police reported.

Even after being tased and while he was handcuffed behind his back, Hiromoto escaped into the desert but was captured after a foot chase. One officer suffered an injured leg. Hiromoto’s attorney believed he was at the hospital due to a drug overdose.