A woman that was found half naked, bound with duct tape and raped in Fairmount Park Tuesday had been abducted by two men and a woman and held for $20,000 ransom, police say.
The 28-year-old woman told police she had been abducted about 20 hours earlier and raped before her attackers dumped her in the park, Philadelphia Police Lt. Frank Palumbo said.
The woman, who owns a daycare, was specifically targeted and her ordeal began Monday night when a man pulled her clothes over her head while she was walking on the 3900 block of Lawndale Street. She was then forced into a van, according to Philadelphia Police Capt. John Darby.
The woman was brought to an unknown property, bound to a chair and put in a closet. Her abductors took a cell phone from her, but she had another cell phone, which she used to call a family member who then alerted police. The suspects wanted $20,000 in ransom money, Darby said.
The victim was found 5 p.m. Tuesday bound along Chamounix Drive near Belmont Mansion Drive after three women in a minivan called 911 to report that they heard a woman screaming. An off-duty police officer responded and found the victim.
The woman was taken to Jefferson University Hospital Tuesday and since has been released from the hospital.
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