AUGUSTA — A patient at the Riverview Psychiatric Center with a history of violence is facing new charges of attacking a hospital employee.

Anthony Peter Reed, 38, is charged with assault after reportedly attacking a Riverview employee who was interviewing him inside the Kennebec County jail, where he was being held. Authorities have said Reed is frequently shuttled between Riverview, the Maine State Prison in Warren and jail because of his propensity for violence.

Reed is accused of bumping the employee’s upper body and spitting in his face, but the charges are aggravated to a felony level by two assault convictions within the past 10 years, according to a report filed by Sgt. Alfred Morin of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

The new charges against Reed stem from an attack Tuesday against Stephen York, listed in Morin’s report only as a Riverview employee.

York was questioning Reed while the inmate was in a five-point restraint, which means his hands were handcuffed together, his ankles were shackled together and his handcuffs had been run through a heavy leather belt around his waist. Morin said a video of the incident shows Reed lunging out of his chair from about five feet away.

Reed began to fall forward because of the shackles on his feet and a corrections officer deflected him, Morin said. Reed wound up hitting York’s upper chest with his right shoulder before falling to the floor. Reed, threatened with a Taser, calmed down and was helped back to his feet to head back to his cell. Reed spit in York’s face as he walked past.

 

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