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Public's help sought in solving rape/assault case

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Police are seeking the public's help in locating the individuals responsible for beating and sexually assaulting a female minor who was walking home in Harmon. The incident was so traumatic, it took the victim more than a week to come forward and report the rape to police.

An innocent trip to the mall turned into a horrific nightmare for a teen girl and police are looking for four unknown males who brutally beat and sexually assaulted her.  Guam Crimestoppers coordinator Officer Paul Tapao says the incident happened back on November 30.  The teen had gone to the mall, and after spending the day there walked a friend home and headed back to her father's office passing by S.J. Market in Harmon.

Office Tapao continued to explain, "She encountered four unknown males and they began whistling and trying to draw her attention. The report continued and stated that the victim became fearful and tried to run away but she was subsequently caught by the four unknown males, in which they began punching her in the face. She blacked out."

Several hours had passed and the victim's mother became worried and went looking for her daughter. "The daughter was found in the jungle lining area of the store of S.J. Mart and she was only donned in her blouse and her panties. There was an indication that she was beaten up and her being disoriented when the mom found her," the officer stated.

Tapao says the girl was so traumatized by the rape that she couldn't even bring herself to report the incident to police until December 10.  Earlier this month a 24-year-old woman was walking home from a relative's house when she was approached by five men who beat her and raped her in public at Lencho Park in Dededo.  Prior to that, two female minors were beaten and sexually assaulted in a jungle area in the Santa Ana area of Dededo.

Police are urging parents to always know where their kids are and never allow them to be alone, as Tapao told KUAM News, "We want to put it out to the kids - take the effort to gain that responsibility and trust with your parent by making the effort by calling mom and dad every 30 minutes. I wouldn't mind being annoyed by my daughter every 30 minutes letting me know what she's doing, where she's at, or who she's with. It's really important that parents know what's going on with their kids."

Anyone who has any information about this incident is asked to contact police at 472-8911 or leave an anonymous tip with Guam Crimestoppers at 477-HELP (4357). "We want to bring closure to this case and we want to help this victim out so we really need everyone's help to help us with this case," Tapao said. 

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