Man charged for HIV attack

Bremerton resident David Allen Polk, 58, has been charged with first degree assault in Kitsap County District Court for allegedly trying to infect a security guard at Harrison Hospital with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

According to court documents, a sheriff’s office deputy was at the hospital June 15 for an unrelated matter when “a code gray” was announced and the assault occurred.

“The staff was in the room and I observed them detaining Polk in four point restraints,” the deputy wrote in his report. “He was not cooperative with the staff and was resisting their attempts to place him in restraints. He was naked at the time. I entered the room as the staff was securing him in the restraint. I handed the nurse a gown as she was trying to cover his private parts while the rest of the staff were restraining him in four point restraints. I observed the staff come out of the room and they were washing their hands and arms. I cleared the hospital and was called a short time later regarding this incident.”

Upon the deputy’s return, he spoke with two victims who said that Polk became uncooperative while being cleared to leave the hospital.

“The bed in the room was removed as is the hospital policy, leaving Polk in the room in a hospital gown,” the deputy wrote in his report. “He was advised that he needed to calm down. He removed the gown and started clawing at his arms making them bleed in preparation to attack the staff. He told the staff that he had HIV and he was going to break anyone’s nose that came near him and he was going to ‘give them’ (expose them to) the HIV.”

While he was being restrained, Polk is alleged to have intentionally rubbed blood on a security guard and nurse. He was arrested and transported to the jail and booked on two counts of first-degree assault.


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