Christova Taylor mugshot

Mugshot for Christova Taylor, patient accused of exposing himself to a nurse and grabbing her at a care facility in Mesa.

MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A patient at a Mesa hospital has been accused of exposing himself to a nurse, grabbing her, and trying to stop her from leaving his room.

The incident happened Feb. 17 at Banner Desert Medical Center near Southern Avenue and Dobson Road in Mesa. 31-year-old Christova Taylor was initially brought to the hospital to "be evaluated for irrational aggressive and combative behavior toward a family member," according to the police report.

While at the hospital, police say Taylor took off his underwear (without being asked to.) The nurse asked him to cover himself, and he did so using a blanket. The nurse then gave him a gown to put on and began to help him put it over his arms. But according to the police report, Taylor then removed the gown, exposed his genital area to the nurse, and began touching himself inappropriately.

The nurse reportedly told him to "stop being inappropriate" and began backing up toward the open door. That's when police say Taylor grabbed her arm. When the nurse yelled, "Let go!" police say Taylor covered her mouth with his hand. She managed to yell again, "Let go! Call security!"

The police report states that as the nurse continued to try to get away, Taylor "kept trying to forcefully pull the victim inside the room and close the door." While struggling to free herself, a police officer who just happened to be across the hall heard her cries for help.

As the officer made his way toward the nurse, Taylor let her go and "ran back to the hospital bed as if nothing had happened," according to the police report. As the officer began asking Taylor what was going on, police say Taylor "suddenly grabbed the police officer's vest and pulled the officer toward him."

A security guard then arrived at the room, and they worked to control the situation. However, police say Taylor then "suddenly reached over and grabbed the security guard's duty belt." Taylor was eventually restrained and taken into custody.

Taylor faces one felony count of kidnapping, two felony counts of aggravated assault, one misdemeanor count of assault, and one misdemeanor count of public sexual indecency.


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