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Police still searching for nurse's attacker

An artist's rendering of the sexual assault suspect. (Source: SCMPD) An artist's rendering of the sexual assault suspect. (Source: SCMPD)

The search continues for the man who kidnapped a pregnantnurse from the parking lot of Candler Hospital, forced her to drive down an alleyand sexually assaulted her.

Local car dealer O.C. Welch took out a half-page ad in theSunday paper offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrestand conviction of the rapist.

Attorney Mark Tate has filed a lawsuit on the victim'sbehalf in Chatham County Superior Court, claiming the hospital had inadequatesecurity and should've been on alert before the attack happened.

"There have been several rapes and attacks at SavannahState that were stranger rapes and attacks," Tate said in an interviewMonday. "And those types of things, once they're known, in the securitycommunity should trigger an enhanced level of security."

Police have not said whether the Candler attack may berelated to the December sexual assaults of two women in their early 20's on thecampus of Savannah State University.

It's been just over a week since the nurse was abductedwhile parking her car at Candler at 7:30 in the morning. She was on the way into start her shift.

Tate tells says his client's unborn child is healthy andthat she's doing as well as can be expected.

"Her spirit is clearly crushed, and she is clearly ascared and shattered young woman," Tate said. "Certainly she neverexpected this, but I'm sure they have good support to get through it."

Because of the ongoing police investigation and pendinglawsuit, Candler officials are not commenting on camera on the case. But theydid release a statement.

"St. Joseph's/Candler expresses our deep concern forthe victim and her family. Our prayers are with her during this unimaginabletime."

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