Man arrested after exposing himself, pulling knife at Reed City hospital


REED CITY — A man was arrested after pulling a weapon on a doctor while possibly under the influence of drugs at a Reed City hospital.

Rodney David Koepnick, 41, of Reed City, is charged with three counts of felonious assault, one count of aggravated indecent exposure and one count of assaulting/resisting/obstructing an officer.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post were dispatched at 5:20 p.m. Saturday to a reported disorderly male at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital.

The suspect, Koepnick, who is a registered sex offender, reportedly exposed himself to hospital staff, then forcibly removed his IV and medical equipment. When contacted by the emergency room doctor, the suspect pulled out a folding style pocket knife and brandished it in a threatening manner at the doctor and two other staff members. At the time of the incident, Koepnick was believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine.

Koepnick then fled from the hospital on foot. Troopers located him running northbound on 220th Avenue away from the hospital. Despite observing the fully marked patrol car and numerous verbal commands from troopers to stop, Koepnick continued to flee on foot. After a short chase, he was cornered on the west shoulder of 220th Avenue and taken into custody without further incident.

Police recovered the weapon involved from Koepnick after his arrest. Troopers were assisted on scene by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

Felonious assault, also known as as assault with a dangerous weapon, is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison. However, Koepnick faces twice the maximum penalty because of prior convictions.

Koepnick was arraigned Monday in Osceola County's 77th District Court. His bond was set at $100,000. A preliminary examination is set for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, in district court.