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ICSO investigating report of woman being raped, held captive in shack

April 05, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

The Imperial County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report that a woman was raped somewhere along Interstate 8 and held captive in the county this week.

The Sheriff's Office received a call from the Naval Air Facility El Centro medical facility Wednesday afternoon informing them a woman in her early 20s had been raped, said Sgt. Delfino Matus.

The rape reportedly occurred Monday somewhere along Interstate 8 between Winterhaven and El Centro. The woman reported she was held captive in a shack by a suspect with a weapon somewhere in the desert, Matus said.

The victim sought medical aid at NAF El Centro because she in the military, although Matus she said is not stationed at the local base. Matus declined to say what branch of the military the woman is in.

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Investigators have little information at this point, Matus said, adding they do not have a suspect's identity.

Matus said investigators will meet with the victim again to get more information about the attack.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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