Ohio Woman Abducted, Sexually Assaulted Near Hospital

The victim was taken to a location off the hospital's campus and sexually assaulted.
Published: August 2, 2016

Ohio police say a woman walking toward a hospital was abducted by a man with a knife and sexually assaulted Aug. 1.

Canton police say the woman was walking from an Aultman Hospital parking lot across the street from the main building around 5:25 a.m. when a man brandishing a knife forced the victim to get back in her car and drive him to another location. The suspect then reportedly sexually assaulted the woman and demanded the victim drop him off at another location, reports indeonline.com.

After the assault the victim, a college student who works at the hospital, returned to Aultman for treatment.

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A spokesperson for the hospital says officials are working with police and the victim to support the investigation. The spokesperson also says security will be increased around the institution’s campus.

“To make sure we are doing everything we can to protect everyone on our campus, we will be stepping up patrols around our facilities, and we will be reviewing both employee and visitor parking procedures,” Aultman Director of Corporate Communications Melissa Steepleton says. “The Canton Police Department also plans to increase patrols around the main hospital campus, and Aultman Security Services will continue to maintain a strong exterior presence around the main hospital campus.”

Canton detectives have been working this week to retrace the route of the abduction and gather evidence.

The suspect in the assault is described as a light-skinned, five-foot-seven black male in his late 20s. He was wearing a gray hoodie and sunglasses at the time of the incident.

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