• Woman says she was held against her will, sexually assaulted for several days


    PITTSBURGH - Police are investigating after a Sheraden woman said she was kidnapped, held against her will for several days and raped by multiple men.

    The 29-year-old woman told police that she was walking on Smithfield Street downtown on the afternoon of Sept. 4 when she saw two men, one of which she owed about $1,000.

    The woman said she tried to hide in an alley, but the men drove up to her in a car and forced her to get in the trunk of the car.

    Police said the woman told detectives that she was taken to a home in the North Side where she was locked in an upstairs bedroom for several days. She said men continually came in and out of the room and sexually assaulted her.

    The woman’s mother reported her missing on Friday, police said.

    According to police, one man took the woman to an ATM Tuesday morning and forced her to withdraw $200 -- ending the situation.

    The woman’s father found her, but the man fled the scene, police said. He took her to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where she remains under evaluation.

    Authorities confirmed to Channel 11’s Renee Kaminski that the alleged victim had cigarette burns and bruises all over her body. She’s listed in good condition.

    So far, no arrests have been made, and police continue to investigate.

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