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Past violent episodes in suburban hospitals

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The deadly hostage situation and standoff Saturday at Delnor Hospital in Geneva was another in a string of violent, and sometimes deadly, episodes in suburban medical facilities.

Here are some other notable cases in recent years:

• November 2016: James Mette, a 27-year-old Glenview man, is accused of attacking three employees at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, including a nurse he detained in an empty room. He's charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery to a nurse. His case is pending.

• March 2015: Francisca Quintero-Montoya, 42, is stabbed to death with a screwdriver by her husband, Javier Bahena-Arellano of McHenry, at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. Quintero-Montoya was at the hospital with family members mourning the loss of her brother from a heart attack earlier that day. Bahena-Arellano was sentenced last month to 30 years in prison.

• January 2015: Delnor Hospital goes on lockdown after a Campton Hills man visiting a relative attempted to choke another family member, pulled out a knife and made violent threats, police said. Justin Patzer, now 33, last year was sentenced to 10 years in prison for convictions of armed violence, aggravated domestic battery, domestic battery and aggravated assault.

• November 2014: Police shoot and kill a 27-year-old Waukegan man after he pulled out a handgun at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital and refused to put it down. Christopher M. Anderson was in the hospital with his daughter, who had been injured in a car accident just hours earlier.

• September 2010: A 39-year-old man repeatedly stabs a 78-year-old woman who was sharing a room at Provena Mercy Hospital in Aurora with his mother. Authorities said the assailant was upset after having learned moments earlier that his son had been killed in Chicago. Darrell Franklin later was found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity.

• July 2004: A McHenry County man walks into a mental health clinic with a cigarette in one hand and an open paint bucket of gasoline in the other and sets a receptionist who tried to stop him on fire. Ellen Polivka, the 69-year-old victim, later died of her injuries, and the man, Lawrence Hucksteadt, was found not guilty by reason of insanity of first-degree murder.

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