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Lumberton man arrested at Scotland Memorial

LAURINBURG β€” A Lumberton man was arrested at Scotland Memorial Hospital early Monday morning after causing a scene with police that became physical.

Russell Bell, 31, of Kenric Drive in Lumberton, was arrested after refusing to leave the hospital property, using excessive profanity, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. Bell was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer. He was given a $3,500 bond.

Officers responded to the hospital about 1 a.m. where Bell was in the emergency room causing a disturbance, according to Laurinburg Assistant Police Chief Terry Chavis. Officers said Bell had been drinking and his words were slurred. Chavis said Bell first told officers he was there with his son, then changed it to say he was there to fix a door.

β€œHe was told to leave the premises,” Chavis said.

Bell broke a photograph on the wall and was escorted from the emergency room by officers, Chavis said.

Once outside Bell said he left his phone inside, but when an officer went inside to locate the phone, Bell began to use profanity toward another officer despite being told to stop, according to Chavis. The officer who looked for the phone returned to say there was no phone and Bell was asked to leave the premises again. He refused, continuing to use profanity and causing a disturbance, according to Chavis.

Bell reportedly pushed the officers away, which caused them to take Bell to the ground in order to arrest and cuff him, Chavis said. When trying to get him into the police car, Bell kicked one officer twice before being put in the vehicle.

Staff report