ID Found Near Brutal Center City Rape Scene - NBC 10 Philadelphia

ID Found Near Brutal Center City Rape Scene

Surveillance video also shows man running from the scene

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    Surveillance Video Captures Pantless Rape Suspect Fleeing

    Newly released surveillance video from near the scene of an alleged rape shows the suspect running away in only a shirt and boxer shorts. (Published Monday, Aug. 30, 2010)

    Philadelphia Police are investigating whether a foreign driver's license found near the scene of a Center City sexual assault belongs to the suspect.

    The Mexican ID belonging to Dario Gomez Lopez was found inside a pair of gray pants left at the scene of the assault at 8th and Race Streets around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, police say.

    The 22-year-old victim was standing at a SEPTA bus stop when she was grabbed and dragged towards the Ridge Avenue Spur station of the Broad Street Subway, police say. That's less than a block from the Philadelphia Police Headquarters. The woman was then severely choked and raped.

    "She was strangled, she was choked...there were obviously signs of that," Police Capt. John Darby said Monday. "We want this guy off the street."

    Sex Assault Near Police Headquarters

    [PHI] Sex Assault Near Police Headquarters
    A man sexually assaulted a woman at the SEPTA subway stop at 8th and Race Sunday night, steps away from police headquarters. The attacker ran from the scene, leaving his pants and wallet behind, investigators say. Inside the wallet were cards identifying the man so police know who they're looking for. The victim was treated at a local hospital. Detectives expect to release a sketch of the attacker later today.
    (Published Monday, Aug. 30, 2010)

    A witness, who was walking her dog at the time, tells NBCPhiladelphia she called 911 after hearing the victim's screams.

    "Something about it didn't sound right because you could hear something dragging," the witness said. She asked not to be indentified. "When I called the police, they asked me all the questions and I kept stressing to them 'You need to get over here immediately, because I think somebody's in trouble.'"

    Surveillance video from the scene shows the suspect running from the site of the alleged assault in only boxer shorts, a T-shirt and work boots. Left behind were his pants, wallet and ID.

    Investigators are not sure if the driver's license actually belongs to the suspect or if it is real, but the photo resembles the description of the man.

    Officials are asking anyone with information to call the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit at 215.685.3261.