A Palo Alto man who allegedly posted a video of himself parading around Sequoia Hospital with a 4-inch knife strapped to his ankle lost his motion to dismiss a felony charge on Thursday (Dec. 29).
Oleg Igorevich Volfovskiy, 25, is charged for carrying a concealed weapon into the hospital's psychiatric ward on March 3, 2011. He allegedly put the knife in an ankle sheath and entered the hospital, went to the psych ward and walked around, videorecording all of his activities. He uploaded the recording to his Facebook page and then to YouTube, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
Hospital security cameras picked up Volfovskiy making the recording and officials notified Redwood City police, who arrested him on July 22.
Defense attorney Olga Kelley sought to have the charge dismissed, but Acting Criminal Presiding Judge John Runde denied the motion. He also denied a separate motion to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor.
Volfovskiy's trial is set for May 7, 2012. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 9. He is out of custody on a $20,000 bail bond.