City Police Have New Lead in Rape Investigation

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

August 26, 2005

The search continues tonight for two suspects behind a rape in Charlottesville.

This as police are hoping a new lead will help get them off the streets. Charlottesville Police are expected to have more patrol cars where the incident happened along Rosser Ave. At the same time, they are also hoping that some tips they received will pay off and help get these suspects off the streets.

Police in the city are looking into what they're calling a solid lead in this rape investigation.

"One of the leads that came in now on this is pretty interesting. But I just can't talk about it. We have a detective working on it right now," said Cpt. Chip Harding with Charlottesville Police.

They're looking for two men who they say abducted and raped a woman Wednesday morning while she was walking along 12th Street at Rosser Avenue.

According to authorities, the suspects threw the victim into a vehicle, drove her to an unknown area, and sexually assaulted her. However as police do all they can in this case, in others, they don't get a chance to do anything. Jessica McGrain with the Sexual Assault Resource Agency in Charlottesville, says that a lot of victims choose not to involve the police.

"Sexual assault is actually the most under-reported crime in the nation. It's just a really difficult thing to prove in the criminal justice system," she said. "It's a difficult process for people to go through after they've been traumatized to such an extent."

However, if victims do chose to report a rape, there are some ways to make sure authorities have what they need.

"The best they can do is get to the emergency room as soon as possible, try not to change clothes or shower or anything before that, so when they collect evidence they can get as much evidence as possible," added McGrain.

Along with the evidence, descriptions are also important. Charlottesville Police are hoping that the ones they were given will lead them to the suspects.

"If these two men are still in the area, somebody ought to be seeing them," said Cpt. Harding.

The suspects are described as a 6' tall, 40-year-old black male and a 40-year-old Hispanic male. The car they were driving is said to be a blue four-door with a large body style. If you have any information you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

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