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Suspect in abduction, sexual assault of Cleveland Clinic Florida employee arrested

BSO says Joel Cossio apprehended in Charlotte County
Joel Cossio
Posted at 11:59 AM, Jan 10, 2021

WESTON, Fla. — A suspect in the abduction and sexual assault of a South Florida hospital employee has been arrested.

Broward Sheriff's Office Sgt. Donald Prichard said Sunday that Joel Cossio was apprehended on Florida's Gulf coast after a tip from the public led law enforcement to his location.

Cossio is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman as she arrived at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston for work.

Prichard said a preliminary investigation revealed that Cossio forced the woman back into her vehicle Saturday morning and assaulted her before dropping her off at a Target near the Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise.

Cossio was in custody Sunday morning in Charlotte County. He was awaiting a judge's order to return to Broward County to face charges.