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Suspect in alleged patient assault slips by authorities

Hospital Safety Insider, November 12, 2008

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Authorities in Scranton, PA, are looking for a man who allegedly fondled a patient at Mercy Hospital—even though a hospital security officer and police stopped the suspect two times after the crime took place.
 
The man entered the hospital November 4 at 1:50 a.m., telling a nurse he was looking for a relative. The nurse responded that no one was there under the name he gave, according to The Times-Tribune of Scranton.
 
The nurse called security, but not before the man entered a sixth-floor room of a patient, allegedly fondled her, and then fled the building. A security officer ran into the suspect outside the hospital and asked it he had been in the facility, which the suspect denied.
 
A short time later, police stopped the suspect. He was taken to police headquarters for questioning but then released because authorities didn’t have enough information to hold him, police told The Times-Tribune. Police continue to search for the suspect.
 
The hospital immediately changed some of its security procedures in wake of the assault, including putting the building on lockdown after visiting hours and requiring visitors to receive front-door clearance before entering the facility, The Times-Tribune reported.
 
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