Hospital employee stabbed while on break in Taunton, suspect arrested
TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE)- A Morton Hospital employee was stabbed several times while on break on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
The Taunton Police Department said in a Facebook post that the victim was on the North Pleasant Street side of the building when a woman came from behind and stabbed her several times.
Taunton Police arrested a woman Wednesday afternoon in connection with the stabbing. Victoria Disharoon, 28, of Taunton was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. She is expected to be arraigned Thursday.
Police said that the attack was unprovoked, and the victim said Disharoon came up behind her and stabbed her multiple times.
Taunton Police released a photo of Disharoon that was taken by the victim as she walked away. Authorities say they received multiple tips from the public and an outside agency, and through an investigation was able to identify Disharoon as the suspect.
Disharoon was arrested in Raynham, and police seized a small pocket knife blade that they believe was used in the attack.
Morton Hospital released the following statement Wednesday night:
“Yesterday (9/21), a Morton employee was attacked outside while taking a break on a property adjacent to the hospital, in what appears to be an isolated, random assault. Fortunately, the victim sustained only minor injuries, received outpatient treatment at Morton’s ER including stitches, and chose to finish their shift while also electing to work today.Immediately following the incident, Morton dispatched local law enforcement who are conducting an investigation and searching for the assailant. At the time, there was a brief lockdown at the hospital, but it was quickly lifted and the hospital has returned to full operations.As always, the safety of our staff, patients and community is and will remain our number one priority. Morton will continue to fully cooperate with the law enforcement and assist in their efforts to identify and apprehend the suspect to protect our local community.”