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CANFIELD 15-year-old alleges she was raped at gunpoint



Published: Fri, August 3, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Sheriff's deputies believe the attack may have occurred near the Canfield fairgrounds.

CANFIELD -- A 15-year-old Mineral Ridge girl told sheriff's deputies she was raped at gunpoint Wednesday night while two teen-age girls waited for the rapist in a nearby car.

The girl, who was reported missing by her parents Wednesday night, was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

The suspect is described as white, 17 to 18 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He has blond spiked hair and his tongue and ear are pierced.

The girl told the deputies she did not know the suspect, but he was one of three teens in a car she thought was taking her home from Eastwood Mall around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Argument: She said she had been taken to the mall by a male friend who left without her after they argued. Later, she met a girl from school at the mall and asked her for a ride home. The acquaintance was at the mall with another teen-age girl and the boy.

The Mineral Ridge girl said she did not know the names of any of the other three teens.

All four teens left the mall in a dark blue, two-door compact car.

Attack: The girl said the car eventually pulled over on a road she did not recognize. However, deputies believe the car was on state Route 46 across from Canfield fairgrounds.

The Mineral Ridge girl said the boy ordered her out of the car, pushed her into a field, brandished a black handgun and raped her. The other three then drove away, she said.

Vague description: Sheriff's reports say the girl's description of events after the rape are vague. The girl said she was disoriented, according to the reports.

She said she stayed in the field until the next morning and walked past Canfield fairgrounds. Sheriff's reports do not say how the girl got home.

The reports say the girl told one of her friends about the rape Thursday evening. The friend called an ambulance to take her to St. Elizabeth's.

Evidence collected at the hospital was sent to a forensic lab for testing.




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