Cops arrest man, 31, who 'used Cleveland Clinic worker's car to kidnap and rape her before dumping her at Target'

COPS have arrested a man after a Cleveland Clinic worker was "forced into the back of her own car and raped when she arrived at work".

Joel Cossio, 31, launched his vile physical and sexual attack on the female staff member on Saturday morning in Weston, Florida, say cops.

Cops say the victim arrived at work at around 7.20am but was met by Cossio who raped her before dumping her at a Target in Sunrise Blvd, NBCmiami reported.

She was found by Broward Sheriff's Office officials at 8.15am after the alleged rapist fled in her white Ford Explorer.

Cossio was taken into custody without incident and is awaiting transfer back to Broward County on charges, according to the Miami Herald.

In a statement given to NBC Miami, Cleveland Clinic said: "We are deeply troubled and saddened by the incident involving an employee in a parking lot on our Weston Hospital campus, which occurred this morning. Our thoughts are with our employee and their family,"

"We are committed to the safety and security of all patients, visitors and employees.

"We are working closely with local law enforcement on their investigation.

"Out of respect for our employee, we will not be releasing additional information at this time."

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