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Police say Cedar Rapids girl abducted, sexually assaulted

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Cedar Rapids police are searching for two men who reportedly abducted and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl. Police say the girl was approached Tuesday afternoon in the 1600 block of 5th Avenue SE. Investigators say the men somehow got the girl in the car, drove to a house, and sexually assaulted her.

The two suspects are 30-year-old men, but investigators have not confirmed their race. One is described as 5'10", 220 pounds with a muscular build and a beard. The other is 6'1", 180 pounds with a thin build and a mustache. Police believe they were driving a gray 4-door car.

The abduction happened in the Wellington Heights neighborhood, which has seen its fair share of crime in the past several weeks. One man told us this most recent incident has him more worried than ever before.

"It is pretty bad around here," said Dan Hartgrave. He and many of his neighbors have been trying to keep crime in Wellington Heights at a minimum, but he says more people need to step forward and help out.

"For everything that's happening in this area, it takes more than just an individual on each block saying something. All of the neighbors need to start working together better." After Tuesday's incident, he says he'll be keeping an even closer eye on his daughter and grandson.

"He's riding around here at times, and my daughter just turned 18 and we're concerned about her having to walk around anywhere over here."

However, Lieutenant Kenneth Washburn says most abduction and sexual assault victims have some sort of prior relationship with their captors. "It's very seldom that somebody is abducted and grabbed off the street and sexually assaulted," he said.

Even so, Hartgrave wants the newly-proposed police substation, which would be located along 1st Avenue, closer to his neighborhood.

Lt. Washburn says any help members of the community can offer that would lead to arrests would be greatly appreciated. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-CR-CRIME.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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