More security escorts will be offered at Princeton Baptist Medical Center after a nurse was abducted from the parking lot over the weekend.
Officers say the nurse was abducted in the parking lot of the hospital around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 by an armed black man.
Police said the suspect forced the 28-year-old woman to drive him around to several ATMs to withdraw money. She was released unharmed in the Avondale area about three hours later.
A 30-year-old man was in custody Sunday morning but he had not been charged. Officers say this appears to be an isolated incident.
The Baptist Health System released the following statement about the incident on Sunday afternoon:
Baptist Health System and the staff at Princeton Baptist Medical Center are grateful for the safe resolution of the parking lot abduction on Saturday evening, July 13. While these types of incidents are prevalent in our society, we are fortunate that it is a rare occurrence at Princeton. Our employee is resting comfortably at home and in conversations with Baptist leadership earlier today, she has expressed support for the current security protocols that are in place at Princeton. She will avoid walking alone in the future, which is a good practice no matter where you work.
Safety for patients, families, visitors, volunteers and employees always has and always will be a top priority for Baptist Health System. Even with the presence of highly trained security officers, the 24/7 availability of security escorts, a wide network of video surveillance, and other measures in place, this incident occurred and is a strong reminder to all of us. No matter where we are, we must be aware of our surroundings, travel in groups when possible, use security escorts, report suspicious behavior and remain alert at all times.
We continually assess our security needs, and implement enhancements that become available through emerging technologies, and that won't change. We do anticipate an increase in the use of security escorts and will staff appropriately. Our thanks to the Birmingham Police Department who responded in force, and has already made an arrest in the case.
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