MPD investigates rape case at the MED

Police have arrested a suspect accused of raping a man in police custody at the MED.

Memphis Police charged Ignacio Medina with rape after the MED reported that they caught him on surveillance video assaulting a fellow patient in the Police Jail Diversion Unit.

"The sexual assault was a terribly bad thing. That's a security issue and we can't let it happen again," said MED President Dr. Bruce Steinhauer.

Police say they picked up the victim at Southern Sun Inn on Elvis Presley Boulevard last Monday for public intoxication and took him to the MED to sober up.

Dr. Steinhauer says the man was intoxicated and that he was there eight hours, but the sexual assault happened in minutes.

"About 180 seconds and the nurse obviously had been looking in some other direction," he said.

The victim died the next day, but the MED does not believe the sexual assault had anything to do with it.

Police are investigating the case as a homicide.

"Once we get the ruling from the Medical Examiner's Office, we can determine what the manner and cause of his death was and that will inform the Homicide Division how to proceed," said Sergeant Vince Higgins of the Memphis Police Department.

Dr. Steinhauer says the unit had no past incidents until they had to move it to a smaller facility about a month ago.

"It doesn't have a line of sight. We have had episodes that we've worried about, and so we decided to increase our staffing there," he further explained.

Dr. Steinhauer says the Psychiatric Unit needed a larger facility due to public demand, so they downsized Jail Diversion into a temporary room.

The MED is investigating at least one other assault-type case in that same room.