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February 19. 2014 9:48AM

Janitor victim of unprovoked attack at Manchester psychiatric center


MANCHESTER - A patient at the Cypress Center is charged with second-degree assault after police said he knocked a worker unconscious Tuesday morning.

Christopher Blanchard, 31, no fixed address but who is a native of Lamasa, Calif., was receiving help at the center when about 10 a.m. he allegedly attacked John Davis, 44, as he swept the floor at the 401 Cypress St. center.

Police said the attack was random and unprovoked.

Officers found Davis on the floor, a pool of blood near the back of his head. Investigators believe he struck his head as he fell to the floor, which may have caused bleeding in his brain.
Davis' eye socket also was broken in the attack and he had a tooth knocked out, according to police. He was taken to the nearby Elliot Hospital for treatment.

He is in stable condition, police said.

Davis works for Haggerty Cleaning, a subcontractor for the Cypress Center which, according to its website, is a 16-bed adult acute psychiatric residential treatment program that provides care to people suffering a psychiatric emergency.

Blanchard was arraigned Wednesday in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, and held on $10,000 cash bail.

Court documents show another patient reported seeing Blanchard walk toward the victim and punch him in the face without warning. She said when Davis fell, she turned and ran.

A nurse, Christine Trudel, told police she heard the female patient scream and went to the hallway where Davis was lying on the floor, with blood on the back of his head. She said she attended to Davis, who was conscious, until emergency workers arrived to transport him to the hospital.

The documents show Davis later told police he was sweeping the hallway and the next thing he recalled was lying on the ground with Trudel attending to him. He did not recall any part of the attack itself.

According to the court documents, Blanchard told an officer he was sitting on a chair in the hallway when he blacked out momentarily. He said he awoke in a rage and stood up and "knocked the guy out." Blanchard also said: "I just punched him."
No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for March 4.

Previous story follows:
MANCHESTER — An employee of the Cypress Center mental health facility was taken to Elliot Hospital after suffering serious injuries when a patient attacked the employee Tuesday afternoon, city police Sgt. Chris Goodnow said.

Goodnow would not release the patient's name or gender because the person is a mental health patient. He said the person was charged with second-degree assault.

According to its website, the Cypress Center, at 401 Cypress St., is a 16-bed adult acute psychiatric residential treatment program that provides care to people suffering a psychiatric emergency.

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