Assault on Nurse at Mercy Medical Center

French suspect

On 2/20/2017 at about 8:13 a.m. James Jeffrey FRENCH, 29 years of age of Redding, went to the Mercy Medical Center ER lobby for unknown reasons. While at the admissions window, RN Anna Russell, 42 years of age of Redding, attempted to triage FRENCH. FRENCH made an unprovoked threat to “Kill” Russell, after which, she attempted to telephone security. In response, FRENCH grabbed Russell around her throat and began choking her. FRENCH forced Russell up against the admissions window, picked her up off her feet, and then punched her several times in the face before throwing her to the ground; where he placed her in a headlock. A female admissions clerk pulled FRENCH off of Russell and several people helped detain FRENCH until security arrived.

Russell sustained minor injuries to her neck, face, and knees. FRENCH is on parole out of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for committing an assault upon the person of another by any means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. Since being released on parole in early 2016, FRENCH has had several arrests including obstructing or resisting an executive officer in performance of duties, making terrorist threats, and violation of terms of his parole.

FRENCH was arrested and booked at the Shasta County Jail for the following charges; committing an assault upon the person of another by any means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, battery committed upon a nurse, making terrorist threats, and violation of terms of his parole.

Comment Policy: We welcome your comments, with some caveats: Please keep your comments positive and civilized. If your comment is critical, please make it constructive. If your comment is rude, we will delete it. If you are constantly negative or a general pest, troll, or hater, we will ban you from the site forever. The definition of terms is left solely up to us. Comments are disabled on articles older than 90 days. Thank you. Carry on.

2 Responses

  1. K. Beck says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I am starting to print these out and send them to Gov. Brown. I am also going to send him RV’s article where he interviewed a DA (I think, I have to find it). This is all getting way out of line! The folks in the Sacramento Bubble need to know what life is like where WE live!

    If you are like minded, please join this mailing effort. Maybe if he is inundated with these articles a little light might go on? One thing is for sure, if he does n0t hear from us there never will be a little light!

    • J M Boren says:

      Drug abuse? Mental illness? Assault?  K., it is hard to guess from your comment what you wish Governor Brown knew about “what life is like where we live.”  Have you read the Sacramento Bee lately?  I doubt you’d trade the crime rate there for the North State’s.  The attack on the  MMC ER nurse was unexpected and horrifying, but it’s the kind of crime Sacramento sees all the time.  What reaction you are hoping to get?