A verbal altercation at an area hospital took a strange turn last week when an Arlington man pulled out a meat cleaver and used it in a threatening way, Arlington County police said Tuesday.

Kareem Jorif, 34, was arguing with staff at the Virginia Hospital Center on North George Mason Drive, last Friday around 5:30 p.m., police said.

He allegedly pulled a meat cleaver from his waistband and struck the door of a hospital room several times, police said. Jorif then allegedly threw the weapon toward the people inside the room, police said.

Police said Jorif was trying to visit a patient at the hospital.

Hospital security personnel detained him until police arrived. Jorif was arrested and charged with five counts of attempted malicious wounding and carrying a concealed weapon.