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Paramedics Attacked by Onlookers as They Attempt to Aid Injured Man

March 19, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Two paramedics attempting to aid an injured man were assaulted by three onlookers who apparently weren’t satisfied with the medical treatment being administered, authorities said.

Carlos Rivera, 23, George Washington, 27, and Pchoi Diaz, 24, were arrested Friday and charged with second-degree assault, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

According to a police account of the incident, the two Emergency Medical Services workers were dispatched at 5:30 a.m. to treat a man who had slashed his left wrist near midtown Manhattan.

The workers, Darrel Hoover, 25, and Ottavio Olivieri, 39, were attacked by three men who may have known the victim and ″felt the EMS treatment was not to their satisfaction,″ said Sgt. John Clifford, a police spokesman.

As a result of the altercation, Hoover suffered a sprained wrist and Olivieri’s face was cut and bruised. They were treated at St. Luke’s-Rooseve lt Hospital Center and released.

In addition, one of two police officers who also responded to the call was slightly injured when he crashed through a restaurant window as he attempted to restrain one of the onlookers.

The identity of the man who attempted suicide was not known. He was also admitted to St. Luke’s for treatment.

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