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Man accused of sexually assaulting wheelchair-bound woman at Barnes-Jewish

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis man is facing charges after police say he kidnapped a woman from a St. Louis hospital and sexually assaulted her last Friday.

Daniel Hooper, 42, of the 2800 block of Osage, has been charged with two counts of sexual abuse and one count of kidnapping.  These charges were issued following an alleged incident on August 24 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

According to police, a woman told officers she was sitting in her wheelchair inside the hospital when Hooper pushed her outside without her consent. 

Police said Hooper then touched her genitals over her clothes and breasts.

Police said because of her condition she he was not able to get away or resist Hooper’s assault. That’s what led to the kidnapping charges.

Police said the incident was considered random. Barnes-Jewish officials confirmed Hooper was not affiliated with the hospital.

“The safety of our patients and staff is the utmost priority of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. A patient in our emergency department reported an incident to clinical staff Friday evening and we immediately contacted St. Louis City police,” officials wrote in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.  “We are fully cooperating with the police and circuit attorney on their investigation.”

It was not immediately known if Hooper was in custody.

Hooper’s past convictions include second-degree assault, burglary, theft and discharge of a weapon, among others.

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