Meriden man spat at police, hospital workers in Bristol, threw show at one of them

Published on Tuesday, 9 August 2022 15:16


BRISTOL – A Meriden man faces felony charges for allegedly spitting at hospital staff and police in Bristol, throwing a shoe at one of them as well.

Joseph Augelli, 27, allegedly started to spit at everyone he possibly could during a visit at Bristol Hospital on May 18, according to the warrant for his arrest. 

He also allegedly used vulgar and sexist language when he asked for a male doctor, the warrant said, and made a comment referencing a hospital worker being shot. The victim told police he perceived it as a threat. 

When hospital officials brought Augelli a female doctor, the warrant said, he used foul language and referred to her as a [expletive] nurse, the warrant continued.

Police wrote in the warrant that Augelli was committed to the hospital, though the document does not indicate why. 

When Augelli first arrived at the hospital, according to the warrant, he was told he needed to change into a gown and became further agitated, taking off his shoe and throwing it at the chest of a worker. He later began spitting on any staff member that got close to him, the warrant alleges.

At one point, police wrote in the warrant, Augelli began violently shaking back-and-forth in his hospital bed. Police and hospital staff tried to hold the bed to stop it from knocking over. Shortly thereafter, police said, he gathered up spit, deeply sucking in air and mucus, and spit on a security guard. He then allegedly spit on two police officers.

At another point, police said, Augelli looked at a security guard and said he wouldn’t be surprised if the man got shot. 

Augelli was ultimately administered medication to calm him down. He was not charged in the incident for more than two months. 

The 27-year-old faces five counts of assault on a police officer or healthcare worker, three counts of attempted assault on a police officer or healthcare worker and one count of second-degree threatening. He is free on $25,000 bond and is expected to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Sept. 28. 

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 9 August 2022 15:16. Updated: Tuesday, 9 August 2022 15:18.