Is facing charges tonight after police say he pretended to be a doctor -- and thought he wasn't doing anything illegal.
(carolyn) our kelsie metzgar has details on how the hospital handled the situation.
(kelsie metzgar) while wondering the halls of the somerset hospital -- police say todd knisley was doing research on hospital security -- but without permission.
An employee first stopped him in a patient care unit, where he identified himself as part of the i-t department.
Chief randy cox, somerset police department "said his name was johnson and then proceeded to ask for directions on how to get to the it department.
This made the employee more suspicious."
Police told me the employee asked knisley to leave the area.
Another employee later found him in a patient care area again, wearing a somerset hospital white lab coat the employee confronted him and asked if he was doctor, to which he said yes.
Chief randy cox, somerset police department "at this point she summoned other staff members and they pretty much corraled him, detained him not using any type of force until the police were able to arrive."
Police said knisley told them he did his research and wasn' )t doing anything wrong.
Chief randy cox, somerset police department "mr. knisely told officers that he was conducting a sci-ops operation research that he uses as some sort of blog or post that he maintains " chief cox of the somerset police department praised the hospital staff on how they handled the situation and kept everyone safe.
Chief randy cox, somerset police department "when they see something that doesn't seem right to them and they are about to confront someone they have to worry about how that person is going to react.
Kelsie metzgar, @kelsiewtaj now knisely is facing several misdemeanor charges.
I'm told serving any jail time will depend on if he has a prior record.
His preliminary hearing is set for september 16-th.
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