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Rochester Police Warn Public of Violent Sex Assault

Posted at: 07/15/2013 6:40 PM



(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Rochester police are investigating after a female is pulled into a truck and then sexually assaulted. The incident happened early Saturday morning off north Broadway.

Captain Sherwin of the Rochester police department says the victim is 26-year-old woman who was walking home around 3 a.m.

"It's generally one of your worst nightmares," said Captain John Sherwin.

A male approached her and asked if she needed a ride. When she refused he grabbed her and forced her into his truck.

"He then drove her around before sexually assaulted her on Northern Hills Drive," said Captain Sherwin.

The female was eventually able to talk her way out of the vehicle and call 9-1-1.

Jackie Benoit-Petrich of the Rochester Women's Shelter says anytime you hear of a sexual assault in our community it is concerning.

"The trauma a victim goes through, she'll have to live with that the rest of her life," said Benoit-Petrich.

While this case is more shocking than others she says these incidents happen way too often.

"It is more rare, that's why we are more shocked by it, but these assaults are happening every day in our community," said Benoit-Petrich.

The male suspect in this case is described as a Hispanic male about 5'5” driving a black or grey extended cab pick-up truck.

"It's very tough when you have very little to go on as far as leads, but that doesn't mean we won't do everything we can to solve this case," said Captain Sherwin.

Police are planning to check area security cameras to see if they saw anything that will help them with the investigation.