Kansas City man charged in attempted rape of hospital patient

Truman Medical Centers/University Health
Posted at 9:11 AM, Feb 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-19 14:56:28-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man has been charged in an attempted rape Thursday at University Health Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Elisha Beraiah, 31, has been charged with first degree attempted rape and first degree sodomy.

According to a release from the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, the victim, who is visually impaired, said Beraiah sexually assaulted her while she was in her hospital room bed.

Police responded to the reports on Thursday.

One hospital worker told police she walked into the room and saw Beraiah in the hospital bed with the victim with his pants down, according to the release.

Prosecutors have requested that Beraiah be held on no bond.

"University Health is working closely with the Kansas City Missouri Police Department in its continued investigation of a reported attempted rape within University Health Truman Medical Center," University Health said in a statement. "Hospital staff responded immediately and notified police as soon as the incident was brought to its attention. The health system is also conducting its own internal investigation. The suspect, who is not an employee of the health system, is in custody."

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