Two sought by police in alleged rape

August 01, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police are seeking two young men who allegedly offered a woman a ride home a week ago, took her to a wooded area, raped her and then left her there, according to investigators.

Although the 33-year-old woman was upset when she talked to police, investigators have been able to piece together what they believe happened, said Cpl. Willie Johnson of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The woman said she was walking along W.Va. 9 in Hedgesville, W.Va., when, near the post office, two young men pulled over and offered her a ride home. Although she did not know them, she got into their dark blue pickup truck, Johnson said.


In a wooded area in the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, the men stopped the truck, and both raped her, Johnson said.

Police declined to release the woman's name.

After she was left alone, the woman said she started walking. At some point several hours later, someone found the woman and took her to a phone in Morgan County, W.Va. Medics took the woman by ambulance to City Hospital, where she was examined and evidence was collected, Johnson said.

The man allegedly driving the truck has dark hair and is estimated to be about 18 years old. He was wearing a camouflage hat and stood about 5 feet 4 inches tall. He bragged about living in West Virginia his entire life, Johnson said.

The second alleged assailant, who apologized to the victim after raping her, told the woman he was 17 years old, Johnson said. He had on a white shirt and silk-like zippered pants. He has blondish hair and stands about 5 feet 3 inches tall, according to the woman.

The woman told investigators that the truck was not a Chevrolet S-10, but similar in size. It had a stick shift, a red cooler with a white lid in the back and contained several empty beer cans.

The men allegedly picked her up around 10:30 p.m. last Friday and left her in the woods about half an hour later, Johnson said. He said he was apprised of what had happened at 7 a.m. Saturday, when he met the woman at the hospital.

Johnson and Sgt. Gary Harmison are investigating the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous Berkeley County Crime Solvers line at 304-267-4999 or the sheriff's department at 304-267-7000.

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