STOCKTON, Calif. – The family of a retired California policeman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging a doctor abandoned attempts to save the man from a heart attack in order to steal his Rolex wristwatch.
The doctor, 32-year-old Cleveland James Enmon of Hermosa Beach, Calif. is also facing grand theft charges in the case.
Jerry Kubena Sr, a retired Manteca police lieutenant, died June 1 at St. Joseph's Medical Center. After he died, nurses noticed his watch missing and a watch bulge in Enmon's pocket, according to the 15-page civil lawsuit.
The suit, filed by the Kubena's children, alleges that Enmon "formed the intent" to pocket their father's watch while treating him, and at that time the emergency room doctor "abandoned his efforts to resuscitate decedent, leaving decedent to die so that he would not be around to reclaim his watch," SFWeekly.com reported.
The suit also claims St. Joseph's Hospital covered up Enmon's crime to avoid liability.
Enmon is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in San Joaquin County Superior Court.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.