Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- A La Crosse man is facing felony charges after he allegedly threatened a nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester with a knife.

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Olmsted County Prosecutors brought a second-degree assault charge and a terroristic threat charge against 18-year-old Ramon Riba-Marmolego Jr. last week. The criminal complaint says the nurse was testing Riba-Marmolego Jr. for COVID-19 the day before a procedure he had scheduled in March of this year.

Olmsted County Court
Olmsted County Court

The complaint says Riba-Marmolego Jr. was anxious about the test. When the nurse offered to ask the physician if the test was needed, Riba-Marmolego Jr. allegedly pulled out a knife, pointed it at the nurse and said he needed the surgery. The complaint says the nurse left the room to get a Mayo security personnel, who recovered the knife.

Riba-Marmolego Jr. told officers he did not know why he pulled out the knife and claimed he was confused and upset, according to the complaint. He is set to make his first court appearance on August 24.

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