Tyler Police Investigate Assault Outside ETMC

A hospital worker arriving for her early morning shift was assaulted outside East Texas Medical Center Thursday.

It happened around 3:30 in the morning on Osler Drive, directly behind ETMC. Police say a lab worker stepping out of her car was attacked by a stranger who appeared in the dark. The man punched the employee and attempted to push her back into the car.

Fortunately, for the victim, several employees standing at a hospital entrance nearby heard the screams. As a witnesses approached the attacker, he ran away. The victim escaped with minor injuries.

Tyler Police describe the suspect as a black male with a dark complexion. He's about 150-160 pounds, and approximately 6 feet tall. The victim also remembers him having a gold front tooth.

Police say the hospital employee noticed a small, green car trailing her shortly before the attack.

"We're not even sure that the car is necessarily part of the equation," says Chris Moore with Tyler Police Dept. It may or may not have anything to do with it."

ETMC sent memos to employees Thursday, informing them of the incident.

ETMC Spokesperson Rebecca Berkley says it's the first random attack the hospital has had on its campus.

Berkley says a 24-hour shuttle bus and security guards are available to employees 24 hours a day. The hospital will also be sending literature on personal safety to all employees.

Kerri Panchuk, reporting.