Police: Ex-hospital employee dressed as nurse, stole drugs, fought security with hammer

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A Miami man was arrested Thursday after, police said, he broke into Mount Sinai Medical Center and stole drugs from a medicine room in Miami Beach.

According to a police report, 43-year-old Richard Julian Elliot illegally entered the hospital dressed in blue scrubs and stole drugs.

Two security officers told police that they noticed a man in a medicine room dressed as a nurse. When they confronted him, he began to swing a hammer. Security officers were able to restrain the man and take away his weapon until police arrived on scene.

When searched, Elliot was found with 20 vials (9 of Fentanyl and 11 of Versed) of controlled substances used for heavy sedation. The man told police the stolen drugs were for his girlfriend, who was waiting outside with his 15-month-old daughter in the car.

The man also told police that he had his girlfriend drive him to the hospital. Miami Beach Police were able to locate the car near the Julia Tuttle Causeway, where Amanda Lee Cochrane was placed in police custody.

Security guards stated that the man was on a “be on the lookout” flyer posted at the hospital as he was wanted for previous burglary incidents and various thefts of medicine.

Elliot appeared in bond court Friday morning where he was granted no bond. His girlfriend received a $27,500 bond.

The man faces numerous charges, including armed burglary with assault, child neglect, possession and intent to sell a controlled substance.

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