Daylight Attack

By: Eric James
By: Eric James

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Police say it might be one of the boldest acts by a rapist they have seen in years, a woman is attacked in broad daylight in a department store parking lot near a busy intersection.

The men responsible are still on the loose and no witnesses have come forward.

It happened in the Gordman's parking lot at Central and Ridge Thursday afternoon around 1 p.m. Police say a woman got out of her car and was going into the store. She told officers she was grabbed from behind and blindfolded. Then another man, possibly two other men forced her into a van and raped her.

Police are not sure if the alleged rapists even left the parking lot. They say once the act was finished, they left the victim there.

It's a bold act, even by police standards. Wichita police Lt. Thomas Bridges says, "That sends out some flags for us we are dealing with some pretty potentially bad people here."

Wichita shopper Jurelle Cobb says, "The main concern is that you're not free to be out on the street to go shopping, sightseeing, or whatever without that fear that you have to watch your back."

Here are some things you can do to protect yourself:

  • A key or a tiny billy club can be used to jab an attacker in the face.
  • Use your fingers to poke an attacker in the eyes.
  • Keep a can of mace and make sure you have it in your hand when you get in or out of your car.
  • If you're attacked, don't forget to scream.

    For more information on how to protect yourself if you are attacked, visit the Tiger Jung Moo Kwan TaeKwonDo website .

    Police are looking for two Hispanic men in a blue van. If you have any information about this case, please call Crimestoppers at 268-4137.

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