Florida Man Chokes Physician Assistant With Stethoscope, Cops Say

05/05/2015 06:11 pm ET | Updated May 07, 2015
Sarasota Police Dept.

A man in Englewood, Florida, is facing assault charges after allegedly choking a physician assistant with a stethoscope.

Officials said John Connelly, 52, entered the Sarasota Family Medical Walk-In Clinic yesterday in hopes of upgrading a prescription for pain medication, according to

A doctor reportedly wasn't available and the on-duty physician assistant couldn't alter the prescription. At that point, the suspect allegedly started yelling profanities and was asked to leave, reports.

Connelly did leave, but came back a short time later to find the physician assistant. Then he allegedly grabbed the assistant's stethoscope and used it to choke the man, ABC Action News reports.

A witness managed to pull Connelly off the P.A., who suffered bruising and marks on his neck, Sarasota Patch reports.

Connelly was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is currently being held without bond, according to MyFoxTampaBay.

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