- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Police have arrested a patient at a psychiatric institution who is suspected of sexually assaulting another patient.

The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/1T9JmLb ) reports that police arrested 44-year-old Richard Garrs on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse on Saturday. A judge found probable cause for the charge and ordered Garrs to be held in custody on Thursday.

Court records state that Garrs entered the room of a female patient at St. Elizabeths Hospital Saturday afternoon and sexually assaulted her.

The Metropolitan Police Department says officials reviewed security footage showing Garrs entering the patient’s room. Instigators also say they recovered a pair of men’s briefs from the room and found Garrs walking around the hospital without underwear.

Garrs is represented by an attorney from Washington’s Public Defender Service. A spokeswoman for the agency did not immediately return a message to the newspaper.


Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com

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