Woman Dumped in Park Had $20K Ransom on Her Head - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Woman Dumped in Park Had $20K Ransom on Her Head

Woman found bound and raped says she was abducted 20 hours earlier

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    Duct-Taped Woman Found in Fairmount Park

    NBC 10's Justin Pizzi reports on the woman found beaten and bound in Fairmount Park. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010)

    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.

    Woman Found Bound With Duct Tape in Fairmount Park

    [PHI] Woman Found Bound With Duct Tape in Fairmount Park
    It was a shocking discovery Tuesday afternoon when police were told about a woman bound with duct tape, exhausted and possibly sexually assaulted in Fairmount Park. Police believe she was kidnapped and they were on the lookout for her alleged attacker.
    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010)

    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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