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Doctor Douglas Rank Arrested for Stabbing Woman

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COVINGTON – A psychiatrist has been charged with stabbing a woman at his Covington office Sunday night.

Douglas Rank, 51, of Golf Manor, was being held Monday in the Kenton County jail where he is charged with first degree assault.

About 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Covington police responded to the third floor of 12 W. Pike St. for a report of an assault with injuries, said Covington Police spokesman Spike Jones.

When police arrived they found Misty Luke, 32, in the doorway with stab wounds to her chest, Jones said. She was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries, he said.

Rank was inside being held by witnesses, Jones said. He was taken into custody and police recovered a sword that they believe to be the weapon, Jones said.

Police were investigating the incident Monday and had not determined the relationship between Rank and Luke, Jones said. He did not know whether she was a patient.

Rank is being held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. He is listed in jail records as living in Cincinnati, and Hamilton County Auditor records show he owns a home on Stover Avenue in Golf Manor.

According to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Rank’s license is active this week, but is it set to expire on Sunday.

He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1984, according to state records.

Rank, who is also board certified in internal medicine, had his license to practice medicine restricted by the board in 2001 it found that after he prescribed “high doses of narcotic prescriptions” to one patient while practicing in Lexington.

The Board of Medical Licensure found that Rank given the patient 57 prescriptions over 14 months. Rank agreed to no longer treat the patient.

Rank also faced disciplinary action from the board in 2000 after he admitted he had sexual intercourse with another patient.

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