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Burglary suspect fights deputies, bites ambulance worker

Posted April 3, 2009

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— A burglary suspect fought sheriff's deputies, bit an ambulance worker's thumb and damaged a hotel room and county vehicles when he was arrested, authorities said.

Cumberland County deputies had to use a stun gun on Patrick Earl Gaston, 24, when he became combative as they tried to arrest him Friday at a hotel on Cedar Creek Road.

Three detectives were assaulted before they were able to subdue him.

Gaston, of 3638 Dunn Road, faces four counts each of assault with a firearm or other deadly weapon and misdemeanor assault on a government official, three counts of damage to personal property, and one count of malicious conduct by a prisoner. More charges are pending.

Gaston had been wanted on charges of felony larceny and possession of stolen goods in connection with a March 16 home break-in Fayetteville, in which a family's dog was also killed.

He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Friday after claiming to have swallowed several grams of cocaine, authorities said.

Once in the ambulance, authorities said, he tried to strike EMS workers and bit one worker's thumb. Investigators said he also damaged equipment and the interior of the ambulance.

He also spit at emergency room doctors, nurses and staff at Cape Fear Valley, deputies said.

The North Carolina Department of Correction lists Gaston as an absconder from parole. He served more than a month in prison for a 2008 larceny conviction.


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  • HM_Stitches Apr 9, 2009

    this is why im not an EMT....because if that guy bit me on the thumb i'd end up beating him to death.

  • anneonymousone Apr 3, 2009

    Maybe we need a irony symbol?

    (insert irony symbol here) I hope all the young people who look up to him read this article to see what a badazz he was under pressure. Wow! That's something to be really proud of. What a brave guy---heroic, even! I wish more of my neighbors and coworkers acted like this. (insert end of irony synbol)

  • commandokidd Apr 3, 2009

    he mustve been high on something, when he comes off, he will realize, I hope, what he did. Lock him up, another badguy off the streets.

  • thepeopleschamp Apr 3, 2009

    Any of the regular "cop haters" from golo want to go out next time to round this guy up?

  • CherryDarling Apr 3, 2009

    Big Money... please...

    even being "disrespected" is no reason to act like an animal.

  • jimbo141 Apr 3, 2009

    I bet the ambulance worker disrespected him. Glad he got even.
    Big Money

    with comments like that, you must be related to the man arrested?

  • mooremedic Apr 3, 2009

    Dang Big Money, that's a little outrageous there isn't it?...let's see, he's already assaulted 3 detectives and however many more officers and to you its medics fault for getting bit...please spare me.

  • Big Money Apr 3, 2009

    I bet the ambulance worker disrespected him. Glad he got even.

  • Just the facts mam Apr 3, 2009

    Sounds like he is just a mis-understood young man. Why are people like this always being harrassed? He is just trying to live his life and let others live theirs.

  • lynyrdskynyrd016 Apr 3, 2009

    Next time they will put a roll of gauze in his mouth and tape it. Then he can't spit but can still breath through his nose.