Patient accused of assaulting nurse at MUSC psychiatric center

VIDEO: Man accused of assaulting woman at MUSC psychiatric center

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Authorities have arrested a man accused of assaulting a nurse at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Psychiatry facility.

Travis Woodward has been charged with first-degree assault and battery.

According to an arrest affidavit, Woodward, who is a patient at MUSC’s psychiatry facility, assaulted the victim who was checking on a seclusion restroom door.

The victim said the incident began when the suspect demanded to see a senior resident as soon as possible. A public safety report stated that the suspect became agitated when he was told what time the resident would be arriving.

At one point, authorities say the suspect grabbed a fax machine to throw it to break it.

Authorities say due to the suspect becoming “extremely aggressive,” he was placed into a seclusion room. The victim said as she was walking away she had a nagging feeling the bathroom door to the seclusion room may not be locked, so she returned to check the lock’s security.

A report states that when she turned the key for the door to become slightly open, the suspect grabbed the door and it swung open.

Authorities say Woodward grabbed the victim around her neck and shoulder area and “violently” pulled on her. Court documents state there was a struggle and the victim tried to get away.

Woodward then grabbed the victim’s pants, tore them, and sexually assaulted her, according to the arrest affidavit.

Authorities say the suspect is known to be “extremely violent and aggressive.”

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