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Woman reports rape in tent in wooded area behind American Legion


Police are investigating after a 27-year-old woman reported she was raped Saturday night, Bloomington Police Department Lt. John Kovach said.

Officers responded to a call at 11:25 p.m. Saturday night. The 27-year-old transient woman said the assault took place somewhere in the 1800 block of West Third Street in the wooded area near the American Legion.

She was drinking with her friend and another man but was intoxicated and couldn’t remember specific details. She said she woke up to a man assaulting her in a tent before jumping up and running away.

She couldn’t recall if the man who assaulted her was the same man she and her friend were drinking with but suspects it was. She didn’t know his name.

Kovach said police tried to get her to take them to the site of the assault, but she wasn’t able to.

The woman later completed a sexual assault examination. The sexual assault nurse examiner said there were no injuries or signs of injuries on the woman.

The woman’s friend gave a description of the man who was drinking with them earlier in the night. She described him as 5 feet 9 inches tall and in his early 40s with a medium build, dark hair and a salt and pepper goatee.

Kovach said officers were able to develop a suspect and a photo lineup. The woman picked out the man they were drinking with, who was located by a patrol officer and brought to the station.

The man, who is 43, admitted he was drinking with the two women but denies doing anything sexual with the 27-year-old woman. He said she kept walking away from the tent and coming back before finally walking away from the tent.

The investigation is still active.

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