Girl, 17, suffers 'vicious' sexual assault
Globe and Mail
Monday, June 28, 2004
A 17-year-old female is recovering from five hours of horror during which she was snatched from a downtown Toronto street, beaten, raped and then tossed into a dumpster.
As a result of the attack, police are warning women who walk in the city's entertainment district after dark to use the buddy system and to stay in well-lit and well-populated places.
The teenager's ordeal began in the early hours yesterday, just after midnight. She had just left the Zipperz nightclub on Carlton Street and was walking toward a parking lot on Mutual Street where she was to meet a friend for a lift home.
Toronto Police said a vehicle pulled up and its two occupants grabbed her, struck her on the head, blindfolded her and dragged her into the car, where she was hit on the head again.
The two men took turns sexually assaulting their victim, who does not know where the attacks took place, police said.
About 5 a.m., the men drove to a schoolyard on Silver Springs Boulevard in the Birchmount Road and Finch Avenue area of Scarborough. They threw the teen into a dumpster and drove off, police said.
She managed to get out and call police. She was taken to hospital, where she required stitches to close a gash on her head.
Detective David Needham of the sex-crimes unit told a news conference yesterday that the assault was "vicious and degrading."
He said one of the rapists has scratch marks on his neck and possibly his face.
One of the assailants is described as brown-skinned, 20 to 25 years old and about 5 foot 10. His head is shaved. He wore a beige plaid dress shirt and black pants. He has an athletic build and a deep voice.
Police have few details about the other man.
They are looking for a two-door Ford Explorer, possibly black or dark blue, with tinted windows, black leather seats and silver hubcap rims.
"Someone knows this vehicle," said Det. Needham as he asked anyone with information to call police.