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Police: Shooting victim didn’t know assailant

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A woman who was robbed, sexually assaulted and shot Tuesday near Wilson Medical Center did not know her attacker, police said Wednesday.

Police arrested 28-year-old Keyshane M. Sanders and charged him with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree forcible sex offense after the incident.

The woman was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where she was still in stable condition Wednesday, said Wilson Police Department Capt. Kendra Howell.

Sanders’ arrest came roughly an hour after the victim ran to the hospital for help. The manhunt involved multiple units within the Wilson Police Department.

“It was a collaborative effort between patrol officers, criminal investigations and other specialized units within the police department that aided in the swift arrest in this case,” Howell said.

Sanders, of 719 Viola St., is in the Wilson County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond. Police say he fled the scene on foot and was arrested in the 700 block of Viola Street.

Howell said authorities couldn’t comment further on other aspects of the case because it is an ongoing investigation.

Sanders’ most recent conviction came in 2011 for misdemeanor communicating threats, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was also convicted in 2010 for misdemeanor breaking and entering and in 2009 for misdemeanor larceny.

Sanders has two unrelated pending charges in Wilson County for misdemeanor financial card fraud and felony obtaining property by false pretenses, according to court records.

Information gained from the victim and witnesses also led to Sanders’ arrest, police said Tuesday.

Police were called to Wilson Medical Center at 2:55 p.m. in reference to a woman who had been shot, officials said.

The woman told police that she was assaulted by an unknown man while she was parked in a parking lot across from the hospital, according to police.

The incident caused precautionary lockdowns at the hospital, Vinson-Bynum Elementary School and nearby businesses. No incidents were reported at any of those locations and the lockdowns were lifted.

During the search, officers found the woman’s car in a parking lot just west of Wilson Medical Plaza and across Tarboro Street from the hospital’s main entrance. Officials cordoned off the area with yellow crime scene tape. The Wilson Police Department’s K-9 team also assisted in the manhunt.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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