Metro Nashville Police Department officers earlier this week arrested a man who allegedly cut and stole an Alive Hospice patient’s IV bag in March.
Justin Perryman, 31, entered a patient’s room at Alive Hospice on March 22 posing as a volunteer, according to police arrest affidavits. He then cut the patient's IV bag of Dilaudid, a narcotic painkiller, and put it in his pants pocket.
The patient’s granddaughter told police she saw fluid dripping from Perryman’s pants as he fled the scene on foot. An affidavit indicated that Alive Hospice told police they have had incidents with Perryman in the past.
MNPD spokesman Don Aaron said Perryman's wife was a nurse at Alive Hospice.
Perryman was initially charged and arrested with theft under $500. But after reviewing the case, the district attorney's office added additional charges of aggravated burglary and reckless endangerment, according to Aaron. Police initiated a search warrant at Perryman's home on Tuesday on the additional charges.
According to police, his wife said he wasn’t home, but officers found him hiding under a bed within arm’s reach of a gun. He was also charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun.
Perryman bonded out of jail on Tuesday. He’s set to appear in court early next month.
Alive Hospice spokesman Jared Porter said the hospice care facility is unable to comment on the case, but they are cooperating with authorities.