Monroe man arrested for AIDS exposure

Ronald Sumler (Source: Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office)
Ronald Sumler (Source: Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office)

MONROE, LA (KSLA) - Monroe, Louisiana police have arrested a man for reportedly intentionally trying to expose people to the AIDS virus.

41-year-old Ronald Sumler of Monroe was arrested Sunday on four counts of intentional exposure to the virus.

Reportedly Sumler was taken to LSU E.A. Conway Hospital in Monroe for treatment of a stab wound, but while being treated by emergency personnel it was learned that Sumler was HIV positive.

Hospital employees say that Sumler then allegedly threw his blood covered identification card in the face of one employee and that he also tried to spit on three other staff members.

Initially it has been reported that Sumler was taken to the hospital after his roommate allegedly stabbed him in the head. Sumler has been arrested in connection to that stabbing as well.

Sumler is now in the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center.