LAS VEGAS (CN) – Six hospital workers claim in court that they were traumatized by being held hostage by a gunman – in a “drill” by Alliedbarton Security Services that they were not told until later was just a drill.
The six plaintiffs sued Alliedbarton Security Services in Clark County Court.
They say Alliedbarton employees Eric Parks and Teddy Arteaga were working as security guards at St. Rose’s Siena Hospital on the morning of May 24 when a “Code Grey” was called in the ICU.
Plaintiffs “encountered a man in plain clothes brandishing a firearm who was later identified as Charles Yannis,” the complaint states.
Yannis took “numerous individuals hostage in a break room,” the plaintiffs say, making them believe they were involved in a “real hostage situation.”
Only after a “considerable period of time” did Yannis reveal that it was a drill, according to the complaint.
Plaintiffs Keri Stanish, Anne Hale, Marcus Day, Barbara Ruggiero, Cari Rader and Ourida Diktakis seek punitive damages for negligence.
The Alliedbarton employees are not named as defendants.
The plaintiffs are represented by Lawrence Semenza with Semenza & Semenza.