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Man charged with three counts of attempted murder after stabbing at Encino Medical Center on Friday

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Police on Saturday identified the man who allegedly stabbed a doctor and two nurses at Encino Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon and remained in a room for hours before police arrested him.

Ashkan Amirsoleymani, 35, has been tried on three counts of attempted murder in connection with Friday’s attack, the LAPD said Saturday.

He is being held on $3 million bail. It was not immediately clear on Saturday whether he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf and the prosecutor’s office did not respond to an e-mail asking whether a report had been filed.

Police have not yet released Amirsoleymani’s motive, and Los Angeles police officer Rosario Cervantes said no other information was available on Saturday.

The LAPD did say that Amirsoleymani had had several previous encounters with the law, including being arrested twice in the past for assaulting police officers. He was arrested last year.

Amirsoleymani walked into the Encino Hospital Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, police said.

He had parked his car in the middle of the street and went to the emergency room, where he requested treatment for anxiety before stabbing the doctor and nurses, authorities said.

Ashkan Amirsoleymani (pictured on stretcher), 35, has been arrested on three counts of attempted murder in connection with Friday’s attack, the LAPD said on Saturday

A dental hygenist who rushed to help described the scene as a 'bloodbath'

A dental hygenist who rushed to help described the scene as a ‘bloodbath’

The LAPD said Amirsoleymani had several previous clashes with the law, including being arrested twice in the past for assaulting police officers.  He was only arrested last year

The LAPD said Amirsoleymani had several previous clashes with the law, including being arrested twice in the past for assaulting police officers. He was only arrested last year

Parham Saadat, a dental hygienist who works in the area, said he and his colleague Faraz Farahnik ran across the street to help the victims.

“There was blood all over the floor, blood in the rooms, blood on the stretcher the doctor was on,” Saadat told the newspaper. “It was a bloodbath.”

Saadat said he later closed the door of a storage room behind the suspect to keep him in and only got scared when they made eye contact.

“He just very calmly turned his face and looked at me through the window, then turned his head again. No response,’ he said. “That’s where it hit me a little.”

The male attacker hid in a hospital room after the stabbing.

Parham Saadat (pictured left), a dental hygienist who works nearby, said he and his colleague Faraz Farahnik ran across the street to help the victims

Parham Saadat (pictured left), a dental hygienist who works nearby, said he and his colleague Faraz Farahnik ran across the street to help the victims

Amirsoleymani walked into the Encino Hospital Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, police said

Amirsoleymani walked into the Encino Hospital Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, police said

Amirsoleymani was taken into custody at 5pm PST, according to a hospital representative.

Three victims were taken to a trauma center in critical condition, the fire service said. Police later said one of them was in critical condition and required surgery.

Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center said two of the victims have been treated and released. The third victim is in a reasonable but stable condition in hospital, the TV station reports.

The hospital did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

The attack started around 3:50 PM and took place near the hospital’s emergency room.

One of the victims of the stabbing at Encino Hospital will be removed on a stretcher on June 3

One of the victims of the stabbing at Encino Hospital will be removed on a stretcher on June 3

A victim is taken from Encino hospital after being stabbed by an attacker Friday afternoon

A victim is taken from Encino hospital after being stabbed by an attacker Friday afternoon

Footage from KTLA News 5 shows a victim in a wheelchair being taken from Encino hospital after being stabbed

Footage from KTLA News 5 shows a victim in a wheelchair being taken from Encino hospital after being stabbed

Four people were stabbed Friday afternoon at Encino Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles

Four people were stabbed Friday afternoon at Encino Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles

The attack started around 3:50 pm and took place near the hospital's emergency room

The attack started around 3:50 pm and took place near the hospital’s emergency room

The LAPD said the suspect had a long track record, including two arrests last year for resisting arrest and for arresting a police officer.

The hospital declared an “internal disaster” and stopped accepting new patients or allowing visitors.

Footage from ABC 7 showed a victim being wheeled out on a stretcher, while scenes from KTLA News 5 showed another victim being brought out in a wheelchair.

The identity of the victims is not yet known, but a witness has told NBC LA that they saw two nurses and a female doctor with wounds.

A stretch of Ventura Boulevard outside the hospital will remain closed.

The suspect (head visible in the middle) is loaded into an ambulance after being arrested

The suspect (head visible in the middle) is loaded into an ambulance after being arrested

Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton Notifies Media After Suspect Is Taken into Detention

Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton Notifies Media After Suspect Is Taken into Detention

Emergency services outside the Encino Hospital Medical Center on Friday afternoon after reports of a stabbing inside

Emergency services outside the Encino Hospital Medical Center on Friday afternoon after reports of a stabbing inside

Benjamin Roman, a sonographer, said: NBC4 that before the stabbing, he saw the suspect, who had a dog with him and who may have been high on drugs because he looked anxious and was wet with sweat.

After the hospital issued an “internal triage” code, Roman said he saw a doctor and a nurse who had been stabbed.

“The doctor looked like she was in pain,” he said. “There was a lot of blood and it looked like… he might have her belly.”

Nickels said in an email that hospital staff faced the dire situation with “incredible courage, calm and dedication.”

“Their focus remained on staff and patient safety throughout,” she wrote.

The attack came just two days after a gunman killed four people and then himself at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The assailant entered a building on the campus of Saint Francis Hospital with little difficulty just hours after purchasing an AR-style rifle, authorities said.

The man killed his surgeon and three other people in a medical office. He blamed the doctor for his persistent pain after recent back surgery.

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