Suspect in abduction, sex assault of hospital employee arrested

Suspect in abduction, sex assault of hospital employee arrested

A suspect in the abduction and sexual assault of a South Florida hospital employee has been arrested.

Broward Sheriff's Office Sgt. Donald Prichard said Sunday that Joel Cossio was apprehended on Florida's Gulf coast after a tip from the public led law enforcement to his location.

Cossio is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman as she arrived at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston for work.

Prichard said a preliminary investigation revealed that Cossio forced the woman back into her vehicle Saturday morning and assaulted her before dropping her off at a Target near the Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise.

Cossio was in custody Sunday morning in Charlotte County. He was awaiting a judge's order to return to Broward County to face charges.

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