TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — Taunton police have a suspect in custody after a Morton Hospital employee was the victim of an unprovoked attack on Tuesday.
Victoria Disharoon, 28, of Taunton, was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to police.
The incident took place outside the hospital around 1:15 p.m. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, told police she was on break when a woman she didn’t know came up to her, pulled her ponytail and punched her several times in the back. She said she felt like she was being stuck with something when she was punched.
Police said when the victim was examined, multiple puncture wounds were found on her shoulders and neck. She was treated at the hospital and has since been discharged.
“Fortunately, the victim sustained only minor injuries, received outpatient treatment at Morton’s ER including stitches, and chose to finish their shift while also electing to work today,” hospital spokesperson Julie Masci said a statement to 12 News.
Masci said the facility was briefly placed on lockdown as hospital staff contacted police.
“As always, the safety of our staff, patients and community is and will remain our number one priority,” she added. “Morton will continue to fully cooperate with the law enforcement and assist in their efforts to identify and apprehend the suspect to protect our local community.”
Detectives released a surveillance image of the suspect on Wednesday and said tips from the public and an outside agency allowed them to identify her.
Disharoon was arrested in Raynham and police said they seized a small pocket knife blade that was missing a handle, which they believe was used in the attack.
She is expected to be arraigned Thursday in Taunton District Court.