'Made in America' Concertgoers Sexually Assaulted: Police

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Sunday, Sep 1, 2013  |  Updated 8:04 PM EDT
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Police are investigating two alleged sexual assaults in the area surrounding the

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Police are investigating two alleged sexual assaults in the area surrounding the "Made in America" music festival. One person has been arrested. NBC1's Na'eem Douglas reports.

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Police are investigating two alleged sexual assaults in the area surrounding the "Made in America" music festival.

Police say that around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, a 24-year-old woman got into a white four-door sedan on the 2200 block of Spring Garden Street near the "Made in America" venue.

The woman told police that she was under the impression that the vehicle was a taxi and got in.

It was then, the woman says, that a man in the backseat sexually assaulted her and stole $41 before dropping her off at 10th and Catherine streets, according to authorities.

The suspects are described as black men in their teens or early 20s.

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Just a few hours later, a 22-year-old victim was sexually assaulted by a man she met at "Made in America," according to police.

They say the woman went with the man to his apartment on 20th and Arch to use his telephone.

While inside the apartment, the suspect, a Turkish national, allegedly sexually assaulted the woman.

She was able to escape and contact police.  Police arrested Ankara Demir shortly after.  He is charged with rape, sexual assault, and related charges.

The city prepared for the concert by assigning extra police and fire crews to the area.

Three Philadelphia Police beacons are positioned outside the festival. The beacons are located on the northeast corner of 17th Street and the Parkway, the southeast corner of 18th and the Parkway and the western entrance to Logan Circle between 19th and 20th Streets.

Concert organizers also took steps to minimize danger. They've banned cans, bottles, and no alcohol is allowed from beyond the gates.

The news alarmed concertgoers and made some more cautious in preparation for Sunday night's finale.

"Well I'm a Girl Scout. I make sure to check everything, I check my surroundings, I check people's faces...I check everything. I make sure my party sticks together," said one woman.

Both cases are under investigation.

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