2 Detroit EMS workers charged with assaulting patient
Detroit — Two EMS workers have been charged with assault for their alleged conduct in August when they transported a man having a seizure.
Meanwhile, the attorney representing the Detroit man hurt in the incident said he is seeking a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.
Byron Beales, 37, and Brian Bachynski, 25, were arraigned Thursday on misdemeanor aggravated assault charges for allegedly injuring a Detroit man, Romaine Robinson, who was having a seizure and being transported from his home on Aug. 30 on the 21000 block of Karl Street on the city’s west side.
The man’s children say they saw Bachynski punch their father once and saw Beales slap him once. The man had a red eye and a bruised face when he arrived at a hospital for treatment, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
Robinson continues to undergo frequent treatment for his eye and has a brain injury, lawyer Mike Morse said Thursday. He said the assault haunts the man’s family.
The EMS workers’ conduct “is absolutely outrageous,” Morse said. “When you call 911, you should not be concerned about what will happen. This is pretty jarring and damaging to someone’s emotional well-being and psyche.”
Beales and Bachynski were arraigned Thursday morning in 36th District Court before Judge Ruth Carter. Each received a personal bond.
A Jan. 5 pre-trial conference has been scheduled before Carter.
Detroit EMS chief Sean Larkins, in a statement, said: “Allegations of assaultive behavior against Fire Department Medics are taken very seriously ... once we were notified of pending charges against these two employees, both were placed immediately on leave without pay pending the outcome of their case.”