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Pa. police investigating assault and kidnapping

October 01, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police are attempting to determine if a Tuesday sexual assault in which a woman was kidnapped from in front of a supermarket is linked to a similar incident Sept. 18 in Waynesboro, Pa.

Police said a 20-year-old woman was attacked at about 3:15 p.m. as she was getting into her car in front of Weis Market, 1056 Wayne Ave. The man forced his way into the car and drove her to an unknown location where she was sexually assaulted.

The man then drove her back to the parking lot at about 4 p.m., got out of the car and fled, police said.

The woman was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and released, police said.

The man was described as white or possibly Hispanic, in his early 20s and about 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build.

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The man was wearing a dark shirt with long sleeves or a jacket, a dark baseball cap and a ski mask. He was carrying a white plastic shopping bag, police said.

The unidentified victim was driving a small silver car with purple highlights on both sides. Anyone who saw the man getting in or out of the vehicle, or who has other information about the incident, can call borough police at 717-264-4131.

Police said they do not know if there is a link between this assault and a similar one at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, in the parking lot of Kmart in Waynesboro.

Waynesboro police said a 16-year-old Maryland girl was getting into her vehicle when a man opened the driver's door and forced his way into the vehicle.

The man drove the girl around for about an hour and sexually assaulted her, according to Waynesboro police. About a block away from where the girl was abducted, the man pulled over and fled on foot.

The man in that case was described as white or possibly Hispanic, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt and shorts, Waynesboro police said.

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