Jan 3, 2014 12:11 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Oracle sexual assault victim reports another attack

ORACLE - A 34-year-old woman reported a second attack, two weeks after being kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

On December 15, a woman reported being abducted from her front porch around 2 a.m. A group of 3 men threw her in the bed of a pickup and drove into the desert where they all sexually assaulted her.

On December 30, the same woman reported multiple men dragging her from inside her home after leaving a back door open. She said a dog bit one of the men and they ran away, according to Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

The family believes it was the same men, but detectives are investigating all possibilities, according to Babeu.

He hosted a community meeting at the Oracle Fire Department Thursday afternoon.

"Our effort was to hold this meeting today, just to alleviate some of those fears, some of those concerns," Babeu said. "And let people know that they're safe. Take necessary precautions as you would anytime."

After the December 15 attack, the Sheriff's Office issued a news release. They did not issue another alert after the December 30 attack.

Mary Ellen Kazda lives near the victim's home and was upset she heard rumors from friends and neighbors but not the Sheriff.

"The community has had no information whatsoever from PCSO," Kazda said.

Babeu does not believe a second alert would have helped.

"We have all kinds of resources here in this small town of Oracle," he said. "Eight detectives, all of our patrol resources, 2 sergeants specifically assigned to this case, so it's not going to get much better in terms from a safety perspective for the community."

Kazda believes the attackers will return.

"I don't feel better regarding the resources that have been used to protect the family and to catch these guys," she said.

Babeu believes his investigators have a good chance at solving the case.

"Forensic information doesn't lie," he said. "So we're going to be able to find out exactly, based on the information the victim had provided us, there would certainly be DNA evidence, and we will follow that up. Absolutely, it will lead us in a certain direction."

After the original assault, the victim said all three suspects were between 30 and 40 years old. The first suspect is described as a white male, chubby, wearing a red long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans; suspect number 2 is described as having a medium build with a mustache, wearing a light blue tee-shirt with blue jeans and New Balance athletic shoes; suspect number 3 was described as having a medium build, wearing jogging clothes, described as a Nike- brand jacket, with a reflective 'swoosh' emblem.

Anybody with information can call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 520-866-5149 or if after hours, call Dispatch at 520-866-5111.


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