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Tacony woman raped in Pennypack Park

A Ta­cony wo­man was beaten and as­saul­ted sexu­ally in Pennypack Park after ac­cept­ing a ride from a strange man in a pickup truck early on Aug. 2, Phil­adelphia po­lice say.

The vic­tim, who is in her 20s, was stand­ing out­side a con­veni­ence store on the 6900 block of Tor­res­dale Ave. at about 2:30 a.m. when the stranger ap­proached her and struck up a con­ver­sa­tion, said Capt. John Darby, com­mand­er of the spe­cial vic­tims unit.

The wo­man told po­lice that the man called him­self “Rob” and offered her a ride to her nearby home. She ac­cep­ted. 

The man al­legedly drove her about two miles to the 8100 block of Cresco Ave., stopped his truck, dragged her to a park bench, beat her with his fists and raped her. He also stole $20 from her.

Fol­low­ing the at­tack, the rap­ist threatened to hurt the wo­man fur­ther and ordered her not to move as he re-entered his truck and fled. She then called 911 on her mo­bile phone, Darby said.

The vic­tim suffered broken bones and cuts to her face, along with oth­er in­jur­ies con­sist­ent with a struggle and sexu­al as­sault. She was treated at Epis­copal Hos­pit­al and re­leased.

Po­lice be­lieve the at­tack­er is white, 30 to 40 years old and 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He has a me­di­um build and red­dish-brown hair. He had some fa­cial hair and was driv­ing a white pickup truck with lad­ders in the rear, Darby said.

De­tect­ives are in­vest­ig­at­ing pos­sible links between the case and oth­er un­solved sexu­al as­saults, but have made no defin­it­ive con­nec­tions. Call the spe­cial vic­tims unit at 215-685-3247 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the case. ••

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