A Wichita, Kansas, man has been arrested after he was accused of sneaking into a hospital and assaulting three female patients.
According to Juan Rebolledo, a Wichita police spokesperson, 28-year-old Miguel Rodela allegedly snuck into the Ascension Via Christi St. Francis hospital on Thursday, where he assaulted three female patients who were “physically powerless.”
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Rebolledo revealed that authorities do not know how Rodela got into the hospital as the 28-year-old is not an employee or a patient at the medical facility.
Rodela is also accused of battering two security guards at the hospital after they confronted him. The battering incident occured before police arrived at the hospital. Rebolledo added that he was not sure if all three of Rodela’s alleged victims were on the same floor or whether they were on multiple floors.
Rebolledo did not reveal any further details citing an ongoing investigation. He, however, directed any other questions to the Wichita Police Department. Rebolledo also declined to reveal the name and ages of the victims, citings victim privacy.
Police arrested the 28-year-old and booked him into the Sedgwick County Jail, where he was being held as of Friday. Rodela faces three counts of assault that authorities have described as intercourse with physically powerless victims.
According to KAKE-TV, Rodella had been previously convicted in 2019 of aggravated and theft. Per the Kansas Department of Corrections, the 28-year-old was on a community corrections program at the time he broke into the hospital.
Rodela’s alleged crime comes one day after nurses at the hospital authorized a strike. The National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) announced news of the strike claiming that nurses are tired of the company’s practices of putting profits before patients.
“We have a staffing crisis at our hospital because management refuses to get serious about nurse recruitment and retention,” said Marvin Ruckle, RN in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). “We know a strong union contract is the best way to address this, and we’re prepared to show management that we’ll fight for our patients at the table and on the strike line.”