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A woman who was attacked at St. Rita’s Medical Center on Friday night is speaking out in hopes of warning others to be aware of their surroundings.

Melynda Morgan, 27, of Lima, a state tested nursing assistant at St. Rita’s, said she was leaving work Friday evening when a man grabbed her from behind.

“I clocked out at 9:30 p.m. and went straight to my car,” she said. “I felt a guy come up behind me and put one hand over my mouth and … grabbed me and whispered in my ear not to scream or he would kill me.”

She said he grabbed her just as she had unlocked her van and he was trying to push her into the van in the hospital parking lot off North Street. She tried kicking and hitting him and screamed despite his warning and was able to break free. As she ran back into the hospital, he took off in the other direction.

“The cameras caught him walking in other lots” that evening, Morgan said. “It was a crime of opportunity. He just waited until he found someone to attack.”

Morgan’s said her head began to hurt after the attack and there was a huge bruise on her leg from where it hit the van when he tried to shove her into it.

"We have taken steps to improve the security of our parking lots and ensure the safety of everyone at St Rita's Medical Center," St. Rita's Police Chief Jeff Ramey said Sunday.

A Lima Police Department official said Sunday the department is giving the campus police any assistance it needs and will handle any work that needs to take place off the hospital property.

Morgan said even though the hospital is increasing its patrols she wants to get the word out that this attack happened.

“I know the chances of them catching him are very slim. … I just want people to know about it and be aware,” she said. “He could be stupid enough to come back to St. Rita’s to try do it again. … He’s going to try it again.”

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