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Woman abducted from Westmont bus stop, raped

An investigation is under way after a woman was attacked in the Westmont area early Tuesday morning.

May 3, 2011 12:54:29 AM PDT
Los Angeles Police say two men kidnapped a woman from a bus stop, robbed her and sexually assaulted her.

Deputies say the victim, a woman in her 30s, was raped at about 8:30 p.m. Monday, and after almost four hours of the brutal attack, the woman was able to escape and call for help.

The victim was waiting for a bus at a stop near at 108th Street and Vermont Avenue in South L.A. when two men approached her with a gun, robbed her and dragged her into their car. Deputies say they drove her to a location nearby, beat her and sexually assaulted her.

According to deputies, the woman was able to escape and run to a home. She was hospitalized for her injuries.

L.A. resident Carmela Sanchez says she was awakened at about 1 a.m. by a woman pounding on her front door. Sanchez says the rape victim was covered in blood and screaming for help.

Sanchez says she tried to calm the woman, but she wouldn't let her inside the house, fearing that she was intoxicated or dangerous. After a few minutes, Sanchez called 911.

Residents say the area is not safe at night.

"I just tell people to be careful when you walk at night, and don't try to go somewhere by yourself," said Lydia Gamboa of South Los Angeles.

Police are looking for two male suspects who may be driving a white compact car. Anyone with information related to the case is urged to call the L.A. County Sheriff's Department at (323) 820-6700.

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