Family wants help after teen's rape

May 15, 2008 6:13:13 PM PDT
A16-year-old girl says she was kidnapped by three men while walking home, raped and held against her will for hours. She claims the men forced her into their vehicle in the Ridgemont subdivision a week ago. Family members are in heartbroken, and they want justice.The victim told Eyewitness News she was held at knifepoint and repeatedly raped. It's nearly a week later, and her grandmother says they still haven't heard from Houston police. Meanwhile, the 16-year-old is struggling to get back to some type of normalcy, especially knowing these suspects are still running loose.

"Simple things, you know, we get paranoid. We're always just feeling like they're going to come back for her," said the victim's grandmother, who didn't want to be identified.

The victim's grandmother says her granddaughter was nearly home around 7:30 Wednesday night when three men drove up, snatched the bag she was carrying and asked her if she wanted a ride.

"One of them just got out and grabbed her around the waist and the neck and threw her in the car and took off with her," the grandmother recalled.

She says the men each raped her granddaughter at least once. Twenty-four hours after allegedly abducting her, the suspects drove the teen back to the neighborhood. That's where concerned relatives canvassing the area found her walking, in what they described as a dazed state.

The grandmother told Eyewitness News, "We're having a really hard time with this, especially because they know where she lives. They know where she goes to school, because they made it a point to keep her (student) ID."

Police took a report at the hospital last Thursday night, but have yet to follow up.

"I want them to get serious and find these men, not just because of her," the grandmother said. "(We want) to avoid them doing this to somebody else, to another family."

An HPD spokesperson says they collected evidence in the case yesterday and have since assigned an investigator. They estimate an interview will be scheduled with the family sometime today. As for the timeline, that spokesperson says once a case is reported it usually takes a couple of days, if not a week, to process. That depends on the facts of the case, including whether or not a good description of the suspects is available, or a license plate number is known.

The victim says the men were wearing hoods and masks. She did not get a good look at them, nor did she see a license plate number. If you have any information on this case, you're encouraged to call the Houston Police Juvenile Division Rape Investigation hotline at 713-731-5335, or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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