By Cary Snyder
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A man awaiting trial on charges of robbing a Wyoming bank briefly escaped from federal custody Sunday night and used a knife to wound a nurse at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
Kelvin Jerome Fuller, 41, was being held at the Platte County jail, but he was brought to the medical center here after complaining of suffering from seizures, said chief deputy U.S. Marshall Tim Moseley.
As he was reviewing his discharge papers with a nurse, Fuller pulled out a crudely sharpened 4-inch, stainless steel homemade knife and attempted to hold the nurse hostage, Moseley said.
Fuller tried to grab a gun from one of the marshals before he was subdued with an electronic stun gun. The nurse suffered a 5-inch gash on her neck. She was treated at the hospital and released that night, Moseley said.
He said police are still investigating how Fuller managed to acquire the homemade knife. Other than to confirm the nurse's condition, hospital officials declined to comment on the incident, referring all questions to the U.S. Marshall's Office, according to Kathy Baker, spokeswoman for Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
Fuller has a lengthy criminal history that earned him a profile Aug. 4 on the television show "America's Most Wanted."
He escaped Aug. 1 from the federal prison in Westville, Ind., where he was serving a 17-year sentence, and then went on a crime spree in his hometown of Anderson, Ind., that eventually carried him west, police said.
"He was good at it, so he continued to do it after he got out," Moseley said.
Fuller is charged with using a gun to rob the Pinnacle Bank in Moorcroft, near Gillette, on Aug. 7, in a crime where police said he locked all of the employees in the bank's basement and escaped with $25,000.
He was arrested in Butte, Mont., while driving a stolen car, in which police recovered the stolen money and the handgun used in the bank robbery, Moseley said.
Fuller is awaiting trial in federal court in Cheyenne on the bank robbery charges.
Moseley said police are in the process of deciding what additional charges to file against Fuller following the incident at the hospital.
Medical center security and Cheyenne police assisted at the scene.
Copyright 2007 Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
Wyo. man in custody wounds nurse in escape attempt