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Man Goes Berserk, Brutally Attacks Several Mental Health Workers

SPRING HILL – A violent attack inside a local mental health facility left four staff members injured and the suspect charged with multiple counts of assault and battery.

The incident began just after midnight Wednesday at Spring Brook Hospital on Grove Road, where according to officials, 27-year-old David Cash admitted himself voluntarily. Once inside, Cash rushed into the admissions office, jumped on the desk, and then punched two male victims, a Registered Nurse and Mental Health Technician. Cash then punched the ceiling, causing debris to fall to the ground and continued jumping up and down on the desk until it broke. Cash continued to beat the two previous victims until two additional male employees came to their aid. Cash then turned his attention to the new employees, biting one of them in the chest. Eventually Cash was subdued and held to the ground until Deputies arrived on the scene.

Cash was taken into custody and transported to the Hernando County Jail where he is charged with 3-counts of Battery on an LEO/Firefighter/EMT, Battery, and Criminal Mischief.

It is not known what caused the brutal attack but Cash does have a history of violence, according to jail records.

Cash is currently behind bars, held on a $16,500 bond.

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  • What Mental Health Care Facility would not be stocked with sedatives that would instantly take this person to La la land for a while is beyond my comprehension. One injection could have sedated this individual and then healthcare workers could have avoided the whole combat issue. They could have then manipulated the situation in their favor and stayed out of arms way. People who are in mental psychosis often cannot stabilize themselves and need proper treatment and evaluation, the underlying issue at hand can be that his mind is chemically imbalanced. With proper treatment anyone can be fixed chemically but there has to be resources available to those who do not have health insurance. Hope he gets treatment!

    Saturday, 4 March 2017, 2:12 am
  • He needs help he has been in and out of jail his entire life and nothing comes out of it!!!! He is mentality fucked he knows that and that’s why he went to a mental facility!!! But because of how intelligent he is and how he specks he just sounds like a thug and they throw him behind bars please don’t comment if you do know him personally I am completely against the way he acted but he was looking for help and unfortunately the only way he knows how to get any help or attention is to flip out and lose it!!!

    Friday, 20 January 2017, 9:46 pm
    • That was a stupid statement if thats how he looks for help by getting in trouble and arrested give him life then he will have the help he’s looking for. Food is attorney general so he can help great man needs to clean his yard tho..

      Saturday, 21 January 2017, 10:48 am
      • I’m glad you think it’s stupid but you have no idea who or what he is capable of!!!! Yes doing life will keep him out of trouble but still no help!!! He needs to sit down and have an professional completely listen to him without having an opinion first hand!!!! But because of history(which I know we’re all his own choices) I don’t see that happening at all!!!

        Saturday, 21 January 2017, 3:49 pm
      • lol nothing wrong with my yard.

        Saturday, 21 January 2017, 4:13 pm
  • this is why im always on the side of caution. The place I work for owns springbrook. Its awful we have so many violent mentally ill people out there but reality is what it is. This is one example of many that live daily in our community and you never know when they are going to snap and attack you, your friends, your family etc. these people are ticking time bombs and theres plenty of them in hernando county and that wander into the county daily. thats why most of us that work in the field have difficult jobs that only select people would understand… between the politics, the situations and people we encounter.. its stressful. I know we pick our jobs and can leave but why I always try to have as much respect for our brothers and sisters out there working hard to keep others safe. You never know the day they had. These incidents are common and this is just one that happened to be reported. Health care workers in this county are attacked daily and things like Hippa and such its swept under the rug.

    Friday, 20 January 2017, 9:19 pm
  • I hope the judge will not let this sick person out for a long but then again we live in Spring Hill he will be out on our streets in one week

    Friday, 20 January 2017, 3:10 pm
  • Looks like a Hitlery supporter. He is still mad that Trump won the election.

    Friday, 20 January 2017, 11:50 am
    • This was nothing to do with politics

      Friday, 20 January 2017, 9:46 pm
  • Looks like a pretty even match for Weiss and his pitchfork! Let’s put them up against each other and see who comes out on top. Place your bets!

    Friday, 20 January 2017, 10:04 am
    • I got the black dude for a grand

      Saturday, 21 January 2017, 7:27 am
  • He was feeling froggy and leeped I would or busted him in his giggles mouth when he was jumping up and down on the desk hahaha

    Friday, 20 January 2017, 9:50 am
    • Lol I’m sure you would of been a good match he would’ve torn you apart and giggled the whole time!!!

      Friday, 20 January 2017, 9:48 pm
  • Yea strapped down would’ve really helped after he assaulted 1/2 the staff that works there on the night shift!! To voluntary admit doesn’t give right to him to assault healthcare workers. No one “puts themselves in harms way” , it’s the career they choose to HELP, not to get beat down!!! He needs to be locked up!! At least in jail they have weapons to use against someone who is violent. In a mental health hospital all they have is staff, nothing to protect themselves!!! So know what you’re talking about first Donald Thomas before coming to conclusions!! I’m sure if you were there, with nothing between you and this big crazy [email protected], you wouldn’t say to strap him down!! And remember, after these people are violent and strapped down, once they’re released from the restraints, who do you think they want to target? Yes, the people who worked so hard to get a degree and go to school to help the mentally ill!! You obviously have no idea. It’s a shame.

    Friday, 20 January 2017, 7:30 am
    • Ahhhhhh………shut up RN.

      Friday, 20 January 2017, 10:34 am
      • I agree with the RN. Uncle thumbs…stick your thumb up your and you shut up!

        Saturday, 21 January 2017, 9:57 am
    • Well said ! Well Said!

      Sunday, 22 January 2017, 5:58 am
  • Shouldn’t they charge him with assault with a deadly weapon on the one employee that he bit in the chest? A human bite is one of the worse bites anyone can get.

    Friday, 20 January 2017, 6:26 am
  • Another Spring Hill leading citizen. Drugs, booze, wait to you see this guys rap sheet, no not hospitalization, the ole jail house will work wonders while he counts bugs during his D T after all he made the decision.

    Friday, 20 January 2017, 4:23 am
  • I feel he should have been strapped down in the Facility and kept till mental evaluation was completed. Shouldn’t that be proper protocol? He was self-admitted. He knew he was going bonkers. Yes, he hurt people. Let me throw up here you’ll might what to ponder. The reason we respect our public safety service workers is that they have made the decision to put themselves in harms way. I take issue in the incarceration rather that hospitalization.

    Friday, 20 January 2017, 12:07 am
    • that was my first thought too. He walked into a mental health facility willingly, then lost it, they should have at least kept him long enough to be evaluated

      Friday, 20 January 2017, 11:30 am
    • Have you ever worked in a MH facility? Until you have dont make assumptions of what should be done. The aterestrictions and laws when to use certain restraints or use of force. Besides if he came in with intent to harm in his head the more people that come after him the worse it makes it besides if he was on drugs ain’t nothing anyone could have really done without getting. So don’t make judgement until you have worked in this type environment

      Friday, 20 January 2017, 11:57 am
    • Once you hit a healthcare worker you can press charges for assault or whatever else and jail. They do have a mental area and the staff there can hit them for what they got. They are criminal.

      Sunday, 22 January 2017, 8:29 pm
  • F’in LOON.

    Thursday, 19 January 2017, 11:19 pm
  • He probably just smoked some medical marijuana…Oh sorry, bath salts. Skin was alittle dry.

    Thursday, 19 January 2017, 8:58 pm
    • Dont worry the republicans are about to get sued over weed and you dont know much. Have a great day yourself

      Friday, 20 January 2017, 7:36 am
      • Wrong on both drugs but nice try!!! He has marijuana and knows how deadly bath salts are!!!!

        Friday, 20 January 2017, 9:51 pm
  • Drugs and alcohol I perhaps but I’m no doctor..just another tool out of Spring Hill..good job on Tom showing everybody that Spring Hill is just another average city..

    Thursday, 19 January 2017, 8:54 pm
  • It sure sounds like cash was running from something/someone ( drug dealer?? looking for a place to sleep/eat a meal ??) to me. When you check yourself in you usually want help not sparring partners !!!! Nature coast sure breeds alot of bullies.
    I hope none of the workers were seriously injured & hospitalized. I would worry about the bite – aids, rabies even.
    Prayers for recovery for all the workers.

    Thursday, 19 January 2017, 8:51 pm
    • You are right he does think someone is after him… But he doesn’t have aids or rabies!!!

      Friday, 20 January 2017, 9:53 pm

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