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A woman is alerting people that she was kidnapped from a portion of the York County Heritage Rail Trail in York City last week and assaulted at knifepoint inside a car her abductor forced her into.
"Be safe out there," she wrote on Facebook. "I don’t want anyone else to get hurt."
York City Police detectives are investigating, according to Officer Derek Hartman, the department's public information officer.
"On Feb. 28 at around 6:54 p.m. we received a (911) call for a sexual assault which occurred in area of Kings Mill Road and the York County Rail Trail," he said on Wednesday. "It's an ongoing investigation."
There have not been any other similar reports at this point, Hartman confirmed.
Hartman suggested women try to avoid traveling alone, walk in well-lit areas and carry pepper spray or weapons of self-defense. He also noted there are self-defense classes that can help teach women skills to fend off attacks.
The Southern PA Incident Network posted the woman's account so she did not have to use her own name. She wrote she wanted to warn people to be careful.
Barely got away: "(M)y life literally became an episode of 'Law & Order: SVU' in the blink of an eye, and I NEVER thought it would happen to me, but IT DID," she wrote. "I know how to fight and I'm fairly street smart and it STILL HAPPENED TO ME. I got away, but BARELY."
This article first appeared on www.yorkdispatch.com
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