Presbyterian attack victim speaks out; hospital beefs up security

Presbyterian attack victim speaks out; hospital beefs up security

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by AMY COWMAN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on June 28, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 6:34 AM

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Presbyterian Hospital is offering a $10,000 reward and security is beefed up at the hospital after a second employee was attacked while leaving work Wednesday night.

Kelli Hannum doesn't have physical injuries but says she's still emotionally shook up after being attacked Wednesday night in the stairwell of the Presbyterian Hospital parking deck on her way into work.

"My kids were in my head the whole time," said Hannum.  "I was grabbed by the back of my head and shoved not a whole flight of stairs but maybe three or four stairs."

Hannum says she fell on her purse so the attacker couldn't get it from her, and that's when her survival instincts kicked in.
 
"Whatever I had to do—kick, bite, scream—whatever it was, everything just came into place, and my thing was ‘OK, if I can hurt him, or hit him in any way possible," added Hannum.
 
Her plan worked.
 
"When I did fight him off I ended up being able to kick him off of me and when I kicked him off me, he fell back into the wall and that gave me time to get up and run down to the second floor and stop cars for help."
 
Hannum was luckier than the first victim, who was stabbed three times and robbed by her attacker Wednesday morning in a hospital lot.  Hospital officials say they have stepped up all patrols.
 
"We have all our officers on foot patrols, on every level of parking deck and stair wells, employee and visitor parking lots as well.  We have actual patrols at every entrance to each facility," said Amy Vance, Chief Operating Officer at Presbyterian Hospital.
 
CMPD says they're going through video surveillance and have also stepped up patrols around the hospital. 

Hannum says that's reassuring for when she has to come back to work.
 
"I do know that when I come into work I will make sure somebody is close by," said Hannum.
 
Police have not confirmed they are looking for the same suspect in both attacks, though the descriptions are very similar. They are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers.

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