Nurse in Critical Condition After Being Stabbed at L.A. Hospital

By Andrew Lopez
|  Monday, Apr 21, 2014  |  Updated 8:25 AM CDT
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A nurse was critically hurt when a man ran past a weapons screening area and attacked her with a knife, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. Gadi Schwartz reports from Sylmar for the NBC4 News at 5 on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

A nurse was critically hurt when a man ran past a weapons screening area and attacked her with a knife, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. Gadi Schwartz reports from Sylmar for the NBC4 News at 5 on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

A nurse was in critical condition after allegedly being stabbed by a man who bypassed a hospital’s weapons screening area in Sylmar early Sunday.

Authorities said 26-year-old Romero Carnailla ran into the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, located in the 14400 block of Olive View Drive around 2 a.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Security and law enforcement officers were searching the hospital for the man until they heard a woman screaming. They found her a short time later suffering from stab wounds to her upper and lower torso, officials said.

She was taken to a trauma center in critical condition.

Authorities took Carnailla into custody. A knife was found at the hospital, deputies said.

Officials said it appears the attacker did not know the victim.

Carnailla faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and battery, sheriff's officials said. He was being held on $55,000 bail.

County Services Bureau, a law enforcement operation that presides over nearly 200 Los Angeles County facilities, was handling the investigation.

The incident marked the first of two stabbing attacks on an on-duty nurse in Southern California on the same day.

Later Sunday morning, another nurse was stabbed by a man at a Torrance hospital. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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