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Woman Sexually Assaulted at Knifepoint, Attleboro Police Say

The suspect had not been captured as of Tuesday night.

Local and state police are looking for a man they say kidnapped a woman at knifepoint and sexually assaulted her Tuesday afternoon in an Attleboro parking lot on Starkey Avenue. Those participating in the search, unsuccesful as of 6 p.m., included Norton and Attleboro police officers as well as state police K-9 units and a state police helicopter.

The incident was reported at 1:30 p.m., prompting a three-hour search that took place in a wooded area behind Starkey Avenue and Lindsey Street.

An Attleboro police press release states the 18-year-old woman told authorities she had been walking in an alley near the Municipal Parking Garage on Stanford Street when she was confronted by the suspect, described as a 5-foot, 8-inch to 5-foot, 9-inch white male in his early 20s with a clean-shaven face who was wearing a gray or black hooded sweatshirt.

"She was reportedly taken at knifepoint by the male and forced to drive to the parking lot of a business located on Starkey Avenue," the release states. "Once in the parking lot of the business, the female was reportedly sexually assaulted. She was able to flee her captor and ran toward Pleasant Street where she was assisted by at least one concerned citizen."

Police say fire personnel transported the woman to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released.

"The victim's vehicle was located in a wooded area behind the business along the commuter rail tracks where the suspect was presumed to have fled," the release states. "A perimeter was set up between Starkey Avenue and Lindsey Street and an extensive search was conducted."

Since officers were on or near the tracks, Amtrak poice assisted at the scene. The trains operated at a reduced speed to avoid an incident, the release states.

Anybody who was in the area of the Municipal Parking Garage or Starkey Avenue during the time of the incident or who may have observed the incident should contact the Attleboro Police Detective Division at 508-222-1212.

Jackie Moccia November 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Scary but in today's society I am not shocked. My thoughts with this young girl .Same area 4 yrs ago a young man in a car same alley way tried to lure me and did follow me in his car on numerous occasion. This was constant for about a month but at no time was he able to fully follow me as I found ways around the area to keep me from walking down Bank by that area. I did stay 10 ft away from his car door and did not go directly to my apt on Dean St. Although he was persistant that I come closer to his door and kept trying to get me in the car and give me a ride home. However, long ago this may have been its still a vivid memory of knowing your surroundings staying away from the alley between the old captain pete's and verizon bldg This seems to be the place where seadiness is happening. I hope this guy is found soon before it esculates into more then a mere assault... I still walk home from work at night, but I am better equiped to handle myself now. Rules keep off cell phone, know your surroundings, dont wear headphones and keep cell phone on attleboro police number while walking and have protection to defend yourself ... simple guidelines to follow but in the end it may save your life..
Melanie Davis Pedersen November 25, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I and several friends were followed all over Attleboro, as kids, most of the time, during the day. Sickos on foot, in cars pleasuring themselves and just jumping out of the woods naked. I can still remember specific things that were said. The key is, if you're going to live in Attleboro, don't go anywhere alone! It has nothing to do with "these days"! Most incidents were reported to police and were never heard of again...

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