A woman waiting for a ride home after visiting someone in the emergency room Saturday night ended up treated there for a reported sexual assault in Cannon Park. A suspect has been arrested.
Kevin Tracy, 43, of Florida Avenue in North Charleston, has been charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was in the Charleston County Detention Center on Monday in lieu of $200,000 bail. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Interviewed by Charleston police at Medical University Hospital, a 25-year-old woman said she was approached in the ER by a man wearing a hospital wrist band, who asked if she wanted a ride home.
When she declined, the man persisted, asking if she wanted to go eat with him. She said she didn’t have any money and the man offered to pay, she told police.
A witness reported hearing the conversation, the police report said.
The woman left with the man and became concerned when they walked to Cannon Park, where she said the assault occurred on a bench. Hospital staff confirmed evidence of a forced encounter.
After the incident, the woman told police “she did not know where she was and began to walk around without any sense of direction,” the report said. She was crying at an intersection when another man walked her back to the hospital.
The suspect was arrested by hospital public safety officers later that night on Calhoun Street near the hospital. They turned him over to Charleston police with a knife they said they found on him.