A man who had been at Salina Regional Health Center since falling through his ex-girlfriend’s ceiling last week was back in jail Tuesday evening after walking away from the hospital and allegedly breaking into a house to steal clothing.
Police pursued Tyler J. Bergkamp, 25, throughout the day after hospital representatives reported that he had left the facility at 9:50 a.m. Bergkamp had been receiving treatment for injuries he suffered when falling through the ceiling.
Capt. Paul Forrester said that Bergkamp allegedly called his ex-girlfriend before leaving the hospital. She reported having received several calls from him about 9 a.m. asking her to come to the hospital. Bergkamp had been served with a protection from abuse order on March 29, after he allegedly hid in his ex-girlfriend’s attic for about two hours before falling through the ceiling, and any contact with her would have been a violation of the protection order.
Forrester said police searched the area of the hospital, 400 S. Santa Fe, on Tuesday morning but couldn’t find Bergkamp.
Woman found gown
About 4 p.m., police received a report of someone trespassing at a house in the 400 block of South Ninth Street, about three blocks west of the hospital. Forrester said that Ellen Herpich had returned home to find a Salina Regional Health Center gown on her bed, and she noticed that her clothing had been disturbed.
At 5:40 p.m., police were called to the 200 block of South Phillips Street for a report of a medical emergency involving Bergkamp. Forrester said Bergkamp was transported back to the hospital from that location and was ultimately released and booked into jail. Forrester did not have details about the medical emergency.
Forrester said that when he was taken into custody, Bergkamp was wearing a pair of Nike tennis shoes and a Nike T-shirt belonging to Herpich. Bergkamp had been wearing a pair of jeans under the hospital gown when he walked away from the hospital.
Police have requested several additional charges against Bergkamp in connection with the Tuesday events. Forrester said he is now expected to face four counts of violating a protection order, one count of stalking, one count of burglary and one count of theft.
Those charges would be in addition to charges of aggravated burglary, stalking, criminal damage to property, criminal threat and possession of methamphetamine that police requested after Bergkamp allegedly entered his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend’s house in the 700 block of Cherokee Drive without permission March 29 and hid in the attic before his legs crashed through the ceiling of her living room, Forrester said.
Forrester said at that time that a man Bergkamp’s ex-girlfriend was involved with pulled Bergkamp the rest of the way through the ceiling and began fighting with him. The man took a large knife that had been in a sheath on Bergkamp’s belt and threw it across the room and had dragged Bergkamp onto the front lawn by the time police arrived, Forrester said.