Youngstown police investigating rapes

YOUNGSTOWN — City police are investigating two separate rapes reported late last week.

A 25-year-old Wirt Street woman told police she went outside in her night clothes to put her car in the garage at about 10 p.m. Friday. She said a man attacked her from behind, threw her to the ground and raped her as she was getting out of the car.

The woman did not provide a description of the man. She told police it was too dark to see him, but he had “a terribly bad odor.” She was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment.

A 32-year-old East Side woman told police she was knocked unconscious and assaulted by a man with whom she is familiar.

The woman told police she was in the downtown area at 5:30 p.m. Friday when a man hit her from behind with his hand and pulled her into a vacant dirty building near 20 Federal Place.

The woman said the man threatened her, then knocked her unconscious. She said she awoke sometime later lying nude on the building floor.

The woman also was taken to St. Elizabeth for treatment.

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