A chest and heart surgeon visiting the University of Utah from Bulgaria has been charged with raping a Salt Lake woman.
Bojidar Georgiev Bakalov, 37, was charged with rape, a first-degree felony, in connection with an incident that occurred on April 6 in the foothills near the U.The doctor ran away from Salt Lake police Thursday, but officers chased him and eventually booked him into the Salt Lake County Jail, where he is being held on $50,000 bail.
Bakalov had allegedly arranged to surrender to authorities, but officers showed up at his Salt Lake apartment Thursday morning after he failed to turn himself in, police said. Officers accompanied him down a flight of stairs, but the doctor then ran through a back door, a police report stated.
An officer tackled him, but he jumped up an ran down an alley near 200 South and 1200 East. Additional units were called and the man was eventually located hiding at the top of some stairs at a nearby apartment complex. He was booked into jail on the rape warrant and for investigation of escape and interfering with police.
University Hospital officials said Bakalov is not on the faculty or staff at the hospital. He is employed by the American Society of Thoracic Surgeons and has been in Salt Lake City for the past year to observe and learn medical techniques, said hospital spokesman John Dwan. "His relationship with the university is strictly as a visitor," he said.
A 35-year-old woman had done some work for the doctor and had known him for less than a week when he allegedly offered to drive her to an area "where there was a great view," a police report stated.
The woman became frightened when they arrived at a dark, open area, and she attempted to run from the truck. Court documents state Bakalov physically forced her into the back of the truck and raped her.
The woman told police the man taunted her and later offered her medication and/or money for an abortion.