BOSTON (CBS) – Two EMTs were attacked by a patient as their ambulance headed toward Mass General Hospital Wednesday afternoon. It happened around 4 p.m. on New Chardon Street near the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse.

A female EMT in the back of the ambulance was stabbed multiple times and suffered serious wounds.

Boston EMS Chief James Hooley says the EMTs were transporting a psychiatric patient from East Boston to MGH when she allegedly became unruly and attacked.

“She did produce a weapon and she attacked one of our EMTs in the back,” Hooley said. “A 14-year veteran of the department.”

An EMT was stabbed outside a courthouse on New Chardon Street (WBZ-TV)

The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Julie Tejeda. She allegedly stabbed the EMT several times then tried to keep her partner away after he pulled the ambulance over to help.

“The patient/suspect reportedly either had some sort of (pepper spray) or Mace on her person and proceeded to spray her partner,” Hooley said.

An ambulance on scene of a stabbing on New Chardon Street in Boston. (Image Credit: Hugh Drummond)

A Boston Police officer arrived at the scene and applied a tourniquet to the EMT’s leg. She was rushed to MGH and is recovering after surgery. The second EMT, a 10-year veteran, was treated and released.

“These EMTs did not deserve this,” Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said. “Every day they go out and they help people, they save lives, they did not deserve to be attacked.”

Tejeda will be charged with assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a public employee. She is expected to be arraigned Thursday morning.

Comments (6)
  1. Joe Cavanagh says:

    Until the liberal judges and DA’s in Massachusetts, and specifically Suffolk County stand up for public safety this will keep happening. The judges are useless and the Suffolk County DA is useless.

  2. George Perry says:

    As an EMT I totally agree that our safety does not seem to matter to the judges and the DA. Perhaps patients need to be searched before they are put into the transport,or give us more authority to protect ourselves.

    1. Renee Scalfani says:

      Curious question for people in this field. Do the EMT’s who responded to the call and picked her up know of her previous actions ( bomb threats ) ? Since she was a psyche patient can she be restrained for safety reasons ?

  3. Janet Smith says:

    So sorry to hear about this atrocious attack. All the best to the EMTs who were victimized.

  4. Steve Rosin says:

    I wonder if she was from a group home? These group homes for the mentally ill scattered throughout our neighborhoods put us all at risk. Some of these people should be locked up in state hospitals not allowed to roam our neighborhoods at will. Seriously these group homes need to be reevaluated