Trip to KC hospital ends in jail for convicted felon with gun in pocket, feds say

A man taken to a Kansas City hospital because of a suspected drug overdose is now facing a federal charge for illegal possession of a firearm.

Joseph C. Griest, 38, is a convicted felon, according to court records, and cannot legally possess a gun.

On Thursday, a federal judge in Kansas City ordered that Griest be held without bond while the case is pending.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, Griest was dropped off at Research Medical Center on Sept. 22 for treatment of a possible overdose.

While hospital staff were trying to treat him, Griest was sometimes unresponsive and sometimes combative, according to the documents.

He had to be restrained after kicking a female hospital worker on the side of the face and neck.

A Kansas City police officer who was helping hospital staff found a loaded 9mm handgun in a pocket of Griest’s hooded sweatshirt, the document’s allege.

Griest was previously convicted of armed robbery in Jackson County and was sentenced to 14 years in prison, according to court records.