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Hospital outburst prompts alert for convicted felon

Hudson police issued an alert for a convicted felon sought in connection with a turbulent incident on Friday at Hudson Hospital that continued to play out on Monday.

Authorities and workers at hospitals and pharmacies were urged to be on the lookout for 58-year-old Robert Oscar Holm.

According to an announcement issued by the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network, Holm made gun-violence threats at Hudson Hospital Friday after being denied painkillers. In conversations with law enforcement on Monday, Holm refused to meet with officers, knowing a warrant had been issued for his arrest “and he did not want to go back to jail,” according to Hudson police.

Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said Hudson Hospital posted security guards at the facility’s doors as a precaution. Hudson police have provided an extra presence there as well, he said.

Holm was convicted in Dunn County in June 2010 of delivering narcotics and fleeing police. According to the alert, Holm was caught selling Oxycontin, then rammed police vehicles in a getaway attempt.

He was sentenced to four years in prison and three years on extended supervision.

Online records show Holm listed a Baker Road address in Hudson in 2010.

The alert states Holm currently frequents two addresses in Eau Claire -- one he rents at 1141 McKinley Road, the other at his girlfriend’s home on 515 Falls St. A check of those homes did not turn up Holm by Monday afternoon.

He is the registered owner of a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe bearing Wisconsin license plates KX 2418.

According to the announcement:

The incident began Friday when officers were dispatched to Hudson Hospital for a threats complaint.

Two doctors there refused to provide Holm with prescriptions for Oxycontin after it was learned he had acquired 120 such pills on Sept. 30 from several different doctors.

“Once Holm learned he was not going to get any more pills, he became very angry and began making statements to the effect that he was an ex-police officer and if he had his gun he would begin shooting people,” the alert states.

In addition to Wisconsin, Holm is a convicted felon in Florida and Arizona, according to law enforcement.

He was gone by the time officers arrived at the hospital. Hudson police made contact with Holm’s parole officer. She contacted Holm and told him she had entered a warrant for his arrest and that he would be taken into custody.

Holm called Hudson Hospital on Monday to tell officials there “they needed to clear this all up with police as it was a misunderstanding,” the alert states.

He called St. Croix County’s dispatch center with the same message.

Holm refused to talk to officers, but said he was going to pray for hospital staff. He also told dispatchers he didn’t know what he was going to do if he didn’t get more medication.

“Holm also stated he is not going back to prison, causing the hospital to be alarmed of what Holm might do,” the alert states.

Law enforcement officers spoke with Holm later on Monday and he said he wouldn’t hurt anyone. He admitted to a cocaine addiction and said an artery issue causes him severe pain.

The alert described Holm as a darkly complected white man standing 6-foot-1 and 260 pounds.

Anyone with information about the case was urged to call Hudson police Sgt. Geoff Willems at (715) 386-4771.