The chief of medicine at a hospital in Florida is barred from seeing patients after deputies say he assaulted his on-again, off-again nurse girlfriend while on duty.
Dr. Rashid Ismail Saba, 48, was arrested on Aug. 22 for the incident, which allegedly happened in May, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He had originally denied the accusations in a deposition, the paper reported. Saba works at the Oak Hill Hospital in Hernando County, Florida.
The disagreement that escalated into a full-blown argument started when Saba demanded the nurse give him her cell phone so he could see who she'd been contacting, an arrest report said. Saba was mad at the nurse because she was contacting other men, according to WFLA-TV in Tampa. He was also allegedly upset because she contacted a woman he was secretly dating.
He ordered her into a stairwell, the police report said, and then he took her phone and threw it down the stairs. When she tried to pick it up, he pushed her down the stairs, the report said. At the bottom of the stairs, the two continued to fight, and he grabbed her and shook her, according to the report. The woman was bruised on her forearm. The incident was reported immediately and hospital administrators barred Saba from seeing any patients.
After the altercation, Saba told a former partner of his that also works at the hospital that he did indeed push the victim, according to the arrest report.
Saba was arrested and charged with dating violence. He was released on Aug. 23 on a bond of $2,000, according to the Times.
[Photo: Hernando County Sheriff's Office]