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Unhappy With Treatment, Man Refuses to Leave Hospital, Police Say

Richard Haeseker, 54, refused to get dressed or “cooperate in any way” when told it was time to leave Easton Hospital, police say.

By Daryl Nerl

A Lackawanna County man who was dissatisfied with his treatment refused to leave when he was medically discharged from Easton Hospital Monday afternoon.

So Wilson borough police provided him with new accommodations at the Northampton County Prison, according to court records.

Richard Haeseker, 54, refused to get dressed or “cooperate in any way” when he was told that he was “cleared for discharge and had no medical issues” to prevent him from leaving the hospital, police said.

Court records show that Haeseker has a home address in North Abington in Lackawanna County, but the affidavit of probable cause said he has “no valid or current address.”

He was offered transportation to an area shelter by hospital staff, but still refused to leave, police said.

Haeseker was charged with defiant trespass and arraigned before on-duty District Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzalez of Bethlehem, who set bail at $100,000.


Moving forward December 05, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Sometimes getting hospital police to assist him in leaving the hospital premises works. And if not, have him psyche evaluated. Then have him spend the night in jail . He's homeless and needs a place to stay. Personally, put the drug dealers and the violent predators in jail.
Rita Chesterton December 05, 2013 at 07:34 PM
It's cold outside, and for some reason this man fears the 'homeless shelter.' I hope a charity steps up to help him.
Rita Chesterton December 05, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Even horrific dog abusers don't get their bail set at $100,000.... they SHOULD however.

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