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People on high alert after second hospital attack

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Charlotte -- People who live, work or play in the Elizabeth area near Presbyterian Hospital are being asked to be extra careful after reports of two attacks in less than 24 hours.

"It looks like a nice area and I'm kind of surprised to hear about it," said restaurant patron Doug Williams.


Both attacks happened Wednesday in parking areas near the hospital. The first at 2 a.m. and later that evening a second woman says she was also attacked.

"These are two members of our family and our hopes and thoughts go out to them as they begin to heal," said Amy Vance, Presbyterian Chief Operating Officer.

The hospital has teamed up with CMPD in hopes of stopping crimes in the area. They are not using a number of resources to try and track whoever is responsible.

"We have bicycles available in the area we have officers dedicated to patrolling this area to try to detour any incidents from occurring," said Lt. Rich Austin.

Several restaurants and businesses line the hospital corridor and people who work in the area say they are taking their own safety measures in hopes of not becoming the next victim.

"Now I'm going to change bus stops that I get off and get on at at. I'm going to go further down the street where I see more people getting on and off, rather than getting off by myself," said LaKendra Boyd .

Anyone with information on the assaults near Presbyterian Hospital is asked to call Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

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