Albuquerque Police have arrested a man who’s accused of raping a fellow hospital patient.
Anthony Casiquito, 22, has been charged with criminal sexual penetration, tampering with evidence, false imprisonment and assault on a peace officer for an incident said to have occurred Monday evening at the Lovelace Westside Hospital.
According to a criminal complaint, a technician from the hospital called 911 Monday around 6 p.m. claiming a patient told a nurse that she awoke “to another male patient placing his hands down her pants.”
The victim had been medicated and was sleeping in a hospital room by herself. The victim told police she fought off her attacker and got hospital staff to call 911.
According to the criminal complaint, Casiquito was captured on hospital surveillance video and could be seen entering the victim’s room and exiting the same room less than 40 seconds later.
When police detained Casiquito, according to a criminal complaint, the suspect said he did not remember how he arrived at the hospital and “had no memory” of the incident.
A spokeswoman for Lovelace Hospital would only provide a statement to KRQE News 13 Wednesday, saying “patient safety is a top priority” and that the hospital is closely working with authorities.
Casiquito remained in MDC Wednesday night.
He’s additionally facing an assault on a peace officer charge because officers accused Casiquito of trying to spit at the police officer who was taking him into custody.