Philadelphia police

Armed Man Forces Woman From Philadelphia Street Into Minivan Then Sexually Assaults Her

An armed man sexually assaulted a woman inside a van after pulling her off a Fishtown street as she walked home from work, said Philadelphia Police.

Police released a sketch Tuesday afternoon in hopes someone recognizes the man responsible for Friday morning’s attack along the 2000 block of E York Street.

Investigators said a 22-year-old woman was walking eastbound on York around 5:30 a.m. when a man – weighing about 160 pounds and standing between 5-foot, 7-inches to 5-foot, 10-inches tall and is believed to be in his young 20s with a narrow goatee and brown hair – pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and forced the woman into an early 1990s Dodge or Chrysler minivan with the rear seat removed.

The man drove the woman a short distance then sexually assaulted her before dropping her off about one mile away at Almond and E Boston streets.

"She was inside the van with the man for about an hour," said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Police hoped someone recognized the rape suspect or the van shown in surveillance video fleeing westbound on E York Street.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Special Victims Unit Det. Farrell at 215-685-3251/63.

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