Man charged with starting blanket on fire in emergency room

(WEAU) - An Eau Claire man is charged after investigators say he started a blanket on fire in an emergency room and kicked an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, Robert Hawke, 47, was in an exam room Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic Health System when he intentionally started the blanket on fire.

The fire spread to a stool and caused smoke to spread in the building. The complaint says Hawke was yelling and swearing at staff when police got there. When an officer put Hawke in handcuffs, he kicked the officer in the leg.

He was released from jail on a signature bond and will be in court next month.


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  • by Inde Location: Eau claire on May 13, 2012 at 07:31 PM
    ER work is a tough job. Often encountering intoxicated and mentally ill patients. Thanks to the medical staff who put in what are usually stressful long hours in the ER.
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2012 at 05:12 PM
    Unless you actually work in an ER, and have to put up with this kind of BS from patients, please keep your ignorant comments to yourself. Working in an emergency room can actually be very dangerous. The last thing we need is IGNORANT comments from people who know nothing about what it's like. Until you work a day in our shoes, zip it!~
  • by Anon on May 13, 2012 at 01:42 PM
    Jimmy Dean needs to apologize and look for a different line of work. Anyone with an attitude like that is NOT going to give good care to someone if he has a preconceived notion that they are all "drunks, druggies, or acting out to play the mental disability issue." Having someone in a your position in an E.R. with the attitude you have is more dangerous than the "so called psyc pts" as you so kindly term them.
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      by KRM on May 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM in reply to Anon
      If you really work in an ER you shouldn't be making such negative comments about patients. you should have a little more compassion. I am a nurse also and we do meet all kinds of patients. ER work is very danerous, but You need a new line of work with the attitude you have.
  • by Jimmy Dean on May 11, 2012 at 06:40 PM
    Betcha he was one of those called psyc pts. Way too many coming into tghe ER causing trouble. I could solve that, long term locked psyciatric wards where one spends months being treated (and made to mind). Implement this and I just bet there would a lot less people playing the mental disability issue when in reality all they are are lazy drunks and druggies who have found a way to beat the system. These guys have to act out several times a year to make thier disability checks coming in the mail, so they do. Again, make a mental disability not work with living on your own and problem solved. mark my words, and I should know, I work in an ER.
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      by Anonymous on May 11, 2012 at 07:40 PM in reply to Jimmy Dean
      Yeah maybe for the ones who fake it but how about the ones who can't help it. You say you work in an ER? I pray I never visit the ER that you work in. Narrow minded. Maybe he was one of those so called drunks or drug users which are far more crazy in the mind then a person who has a mental disability. Some people don't fake them and those people actually do everything in their power to get better. No one knows unless they have been there. I suffered severe anxiety during an illness when I thought I was dying. I have now over come it and not by being locked up, by going through regular counseling sessions. Think before you speak on that sensitive subject.
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        by Anonymous on May 12, 2012 at 09:07 PM in reply to
        Ahhh, but were you on disability? Maybe you were truly mentaly handicapped but many fake it, it is pretty obvious. If you are truly sick then you beong institutionalized.
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      by sky on May 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM in reply to Jimmy Dean
      Actually I know Bob. He was sucker punched in Indiana and when he fell hit his head. He had brain surgery to relieve pressure and only had a 5% chance of survival. He was left with brain damage. He spent the last 2 1/2 yrs. in an institution in Indiana until they recently declared him sane bought him a bus ticket to EC. He obviously does need help. What he did was wrong, but I had to clear the air on your judgemental comment when you do not have the facts.
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        by Anon on May 13, 2012 at 09:02 AM in reply to sky
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