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Man facing charge after allegedly assaulting nurse

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A Grand Forks man is facing a felony charge after he allegedly assaulted an emergency room nurse.

Christopher Michael Rossi, 34, was brought by ambulance to the Altru Emergency Room on Jan. 15 around 1 a.m., according to an affidavit for his arrest.

Rossi allegedly became agitated when nurses tried to administer a sedative and he started to struggle, including kicking and spitting.

The affidavit said the nurses and security officers held him down but Rossi's leg got loose and he kicked a nurse on the left side of her head. The nurse reported having a headache and being dizzy afterward, but she didn't lose consciousness, the affidavit said.

When she awoke the next day she allegedly had a more severe headache. She went to work around 8 p.m. and was examined by a doctor after several others noticed she was "out of it" and confused, the affidavit said. The nurse had a complex concussion and was told to stay home from work for the next week, according to the affidavit.

The nurse initially didn't report the injuries but decided to report when she found out the severity.

A warrant was issued Monday for Rossi's arrest. If convicted of the aggravated assault charge, he could spend up to five years in prison.

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