Two women robbed and sexually assaulted in West Baltimore

Posted at 11:47 AM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 18:22:46-04

During an intense search in West Baltimore Friday afternoon, city investigators and Police Academy trainees hit the streets hunting for clues in a violent beating, abduction and sexual assault.

"We're looking for any witnesses, any evidence or anyone who has any information that might be able to help us with our investigation," said Baltimore Police Detective Jeremy Silbert.

The brutal ordeal started around 8 p.m. Thursday.  Baltimore Police told ABC2 News two women in their 30s were walking to their car near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Druid Hill Avenue, when suddenly two men came up to them.

"The suspects had guns and announced a robbery, after robbing the two victims, the suspects ordered the victims into their car, the victim’s car and ordered them to begin driving," Silbert said.

The crooks stole some money and roughed the women up.  Then forced them to drive through the city, ending up about a mile and half away on North Norris Street.

The pair held them there against their will for about an hour, trying to get a payoff to release them.

"We do know that the suspects made several phone calls to acquaintances of the victims attempting to try to get money," said Silbert.

Before the criminals let the women go, they viciously sexually assaulted both of them on a secluded part of the street.  The suspects ran off, and the women called police.  The entire abduction and ordeal lasted nearly two hours. 

Where the assault happened in West Baltimore is where investigators focused Friday.  Detectives knocked on doors and checked with local businesses, hunting for witnesses, video and any clues about the assault.

Police Academy trainees doing a line-search in an empty lot found a cellphone in the tall grass, bringing them one step closer to cracking the horrible crime.

Investigators don't have a very good description of the men they're searching for, but say the pair are around the age of 18.

If you have any information, call BPD Special Investigations Section at 410-396-2076.

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