NEW YORK - Some nurses at a New York hospital who had just been lauded for their work during the coronavirus pandemic ended their stress-filled overnight shifts to find their tires had been slashed while they worked.
New York state police reported that the tires of 22 vehicles were found slashed Friday morning outside NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt.
Daniel R. Hall, 29, of Peekskill, was arrested on felony charges including criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance. Police said he had a small amount of PCP when he was arrested.
Hall was remanded to the Westchester County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail. He is due in court May 18. It's not clear whether he has an attorney who can speak for him.
Hospital officials said they would pay for the damage.
“We were shocked to hear of this incident, especially at this time when our employees are working tirelessly and courageously through this crisis," NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital officials said in a statement to FOX 5 News.
Before the tires were slashed, dozens of police officers and firefighters had gathered outside the hospital Thursday night to applaud the health care workers, who like their colleagues across New York state have been treating patients stricken by the coronavirus, the newspaper reported.
"What our hospital is focusing on today is the beautiful tribute given by our first responders," the hospital statement also said.
The statement referred to the state police for further comment.
With the Associated Press.