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Car identified in Redondo kidnap-rape

June 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police have released surveillance-video images of the vehicle believed to have been used in the alleged kidnapping and rape of a San Pedro girl in Redondo Beach.Video shows the car passing through an alleyway. The car is described as a 2006 to 2008 black four-door Pontiac Grand Prix with tinted windows.

The victim was shown the video of the car. She confirmed it was the vehicle in which she was transported, LAPD Lieutenant Felicia Hall said Friday.

Police continue to investigate the alleged kidnapping and rape of a 16-year-old girl Wednesday morning.

Detectives say the young high-school student was walking to school at 5:30 a.m. in an alleyway near South Western Avenue and Park Western Drive when a man with a semi-automatic handgun drove up alongside her. The man first demanded money, then ordered her to get inside his vehicle.

"[He] told her to lie down on the floorboard, covered her with some loose articles of clothing that may have been in the back seat of the vehicle, and then drove to this area in Redondo Beach," said LAPD Detective Gregory Stone.

Investigators say the student was bound with some type of packing tape and her eyes were covered. They say she was taken to an empty, unlocked garage on the 800 block of S. Catalina Avenue, where she was sexually assaulted.

Around 7:30 a.m. the suspect took off, leaving the girl tied up and blindfolded with her own sock. The girl managed to free herself and ran, seeking help from local residents.

A neighbor across the street from Burdeshaw helped the victim and called the police.

The tape and the victim's shoe, which she lost as she rushed through the apartment complex, will be analyzed by investigators. Detectives say the suspect wore pantyhose to disguise his face, but they're hoping clothing he left behind at the scene will help them track him down.

"I'd say this person is extremely dangerous and you know we're going to do everything within our power to make sure we bring this indivial to justice," said Det. Stone.

The suspect was described as a black man in his late 30s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and about 160-170 pounds.

LAPD detectives from the Robbery-Homicide Division are taking the lead in the investigation, with help from the Redondo Beach police.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) 527-3247.

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