Charges: Man assaulted paramedic on flight to Rochesterby Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — An 83-year-old Nevada man has been charged with assault for allegedly grabbing a female paramedic on a private flight to Rochester in September.
Robert M. Lee was on his private plane traveling under the care of a paramedic and a registered nurse from Show Low, Ariz., to Rochester. According to court documents, Lee grabbed and twisted the paramedic's breast, causing injury, as the paramedic helped him return to his seat.
Federal prosecutors said the paramedic asked Lee not to touch her, and Lee allegedly replied: "I can do whatever I want. This is my airplane."
When the registered nurse told him he couldn't touch the medical crew, Lee allegedly repeated he could on his airplane and threatened to do the same thing again. Lee then told the nurse she should be wearing a shirt that would allow him to slide his hand down it more easily, according to the charging documents.