He was discharged from the hospital, but wanted to stay to watch TV, cops say

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Most people can’t wait to get out of the hospital. But one Florida sports fan had to be taken out by police.

Despite being discharged by medical professionals at Bayfront Health in Port Charlotte on Sunday, John Robert Deandrade refused to leave.

The local man apparently liked the amenities — particularly the television set. He was watching a game and didn’t want to go home. It’s unclear what sporting event had the man so transfixed. The much-anticipated match-up between the New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game was on Sunday, but that game didn’t start until later that afternoon.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, a security officer initially warned Deandrade that the police would be summoned if he did not pack his stuff and go, but the man refused.

Deputies responded to the hospital at approximately 12:41 p.m. after receiving a call that the 40-year-old had barricaded himself inside his room. When cops arrived, they used a shield to open the door, which he had blocked with furniture.

Once inside, the 6 foot 1, 290-pound man was ordered to get on the floor, which he eventually did after some prodding. He was taken to Charlotte County Jail and charged with trespassing and resisting an officer without violence.

Deandrade, who is unemployed and has more than a dozen previous arrests starting in 2000, is currently being held on $5,000 bond.