By Dan Nienaber
Free Press Staff Writer
ST PETER — A Minnesota Security Hospital inmate already facing felony charges for assaults in February has been charged again for allegedly assaulting a security counselor last week.
Felony third-degree assault and terroristic threats charges were filed against 26-year-old Michael John Paul in Nicollet County District Court Friday. He’s accused of punching a counselor in the face during an altercation Oct. 24 at Security Hospital, which is part of the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center.
The incident started at about 9:30 a.m. when Paul was told to return to his room because he had taken a broom apart and was swinging its handle aggressively in the hospital’s courtyard, the criminal complaint said. He went to his room but allegedly refused to calm down. Staff decided to take him to a secluded area.
Paul refused to cooperate, so four counselors went into the room to remove him. It was at that point he allegedly punched one of the counselors in the jaw. He also threatened to stab and assault other counselors, the complaint said. At that point an “incident command group” was called in to take Paul to seclusion.
Paul also is facing felony charges in Nicollet County for assaulting a security counselor Feb. 24 and a nurse at the hospital Feb. 25.
Paul was committed to the hospital after being found mentally ill and dangerous in April 2010. He served an adult prison sentence for stabbing a fellow student at Coon Rapids High School when he was 15 years old.