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The state Security Hospital in St. Peter. 

ST. PETER — A Minnesota Security Hospital patient is facing felony charges for assaulting staff and damaging property.

Tyler Thomas Christensen, 25, was charged Tuesday in Nicollet County District Court in three separate incidents in May and July.

He's charged with felony property damage after allegedly breaking off two fire sprinkler heads on May 9 and 10, causing water to spray and flood a seclusion room and a laundry room. The flooding caused over $2,800 in damage, according to the criminal complaint.

On May 17, Christensen allegedly attacked a staff member because he did not like his snack choices. He is charged with felony assault in the alleged attack that reportedly left the victim with a strained back and neck and other minor injuries.

Christensen is charged with three counts of felony assault after he reportedly threw a towel containing feces at three staff members, hitting their faces and body. He also allegedly punched one of the staff members in the face.

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