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'She was told she would leave in a body bag': Illinois nurse 'raped and tortured at gunpoint by an inmate because security guard ran and hid after letting him lose'

  • .  Two nurses are suing the police department in Kane County, Illinois as well as a security firm
  • .  Inmate Tywon Salters, 21, apparently managed to get control of his guard's gun  
  • .  Allegedly barged into nurses' room and held them at gunpoint and raped one of them repeatedly for more than three hours 
  • .  Nurses claim the guard and police did not properly watch Salters

  • A nurse was raped and tortured at gunpoint by an inmate because security guards had left him unshackled, a new lawsuit claims.
    The suit, filed by two nurses - who have been listed as John Does - at the Northwestern Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois, alleges a prison guard ran and hid when Tywon Salters took them hostage.
    Salters, 21,  had been transported from a jail in Chicago because he had eaten a piece of plastic and was receiving treatment at the hospital. According to the lawsuit, he managed to con his guard into believing he didn't need his handcuffs, stole his guard's gun and took two nurses into a room, holding them at gunpoint for several hours before a SWAT team shot him dead and freed his hostages.
     Attorneys representing the nurses are blaming Kane County police as well as  security firm APEX3 for not properly protecting the hospital staff, according to CBS.
    'We are [filing suit] so this type of thing doesn’t happen to anyone else, and so that hospital staff can feel safe returning to work,' the nurses' attorneys said in a statement.

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  • Tywon Salters, 21, allegedly held two nurses hostage for more than three hours and repeatedly raped one of them. 
    Tywon Salters, 21, allegedly held two nurses hostage for more than three hours and repeatedly raped one of them. 


  • Salters - has previously been convicted of grand larceny and armed robbery - took control of his guard's gun by tricking him into believing he didn't need handcuffs
    Salters - has previously been convicted of grand larceny and armed robbery - took control of his guard's gun by tricking him into believing he didn't need handcuffs

  • The incident unfolded on May 13. Salters - who was transported to the hospital just five days prior - was in the hospital bed and was being guarded by a security man, who according to the nurses filing the suit, was not closely watching him and was rather reclining on his chair while on his laptop.
     In the afternoon, another guard, Shawn Loomis, took over watching Salters. After going to the bathroom, the inmate managed to convince Loomis that he didn't need to be handcuffed because he would need to go again soon.
    The nurses say it was at this point that Salters managed to take the gun. Loomis immediately run to a nearby room and hid.
    'The sheriff then took no action to attempt to regain control of his gun or protect hospital employees walking the floor,' the lawsuit claims.
    Salters - who has previously been convicted of grand larceny and armed robbery - then entered a nurse's room naked and forced her to take her clothes off so he could wear them. 

    The Northwestern Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois was on lockdown and employees were evacuated
    The Northwestern Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois was on lockdown and employees were evacuated
    Salters' guard, Shawn Loomis (pictured) allegedly ran and hid when his gun was stolen and did nothing to protect the nurses
    Salters' guard, Shawn Loomis (pictured) allegedly ran and hid when his gun was stolen and did nothing to protect the nurses

  • At this point, a second nurse entered the room. He left the first nurse behind and sent his new hostage to a decontamination room in the hospital - which at this point had been evacuated and was on lockdown - where, for three hours, he 'repeatedly beat her, forced her to remove her clothes, violently raped her, threatened her life, verbally abused her and held her at gunpoint,' the suit states.
    'The entire time that she was held captive, he held her hair with one hand and had the gun to her head with the other hand,' the nurses' attorney Sean Murray said. 'She was told she was going to die, told she was going to leave in a body bag.'
    After several attempts, the nurse convinced her 'rapist' to allow her to make a phone call. She used the opportunity to alert others to leave the hospital.
    'The quick thinking by this nurse likely saved other hospital staff from being harmed,' attorneys said in a statement.

  • During this time, police were devising ways to free the nurse. They began negotiating with Salters, who was demanding a car.
    At around 4pm, the Kane County SWAT team stormed into the hospital and entered a violent exchange, during which a bullet grazed over one of the officers' vests and hit one of the nurses in the arm, the Chicago Tribune reports.  They shot Salters dead at the scene.
    Loomis and the SWAT officer who shot Salters have been placed on administrative leave. 
     The Illinois Police Public Integrity Task Force is now investigating the inmate's death, following an Illinois law which requires a full report when there has been an officer-related death.
    Kane County police tried to negotiate with the gunman, who was asking them for a car. After the police failed, a SWAT team barged into the hospital and shot Salters dead
    Kane County police tried to negotiate with the gunman, who was asking them for a car. After the police failed, a SWAT team barged into the hospital and shot Salters dead
    During the exchange, a bullet grazed over the vest of the officers and hit one of the nurses in the arm
    During the exchange, a bullet grazed over the vest of the officers and hit one of the nurses in the arm

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