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Victim gives new account of assault

SNELLVILLE - After a second day of talking with officers, a Snellville woman has given police more information concerning the location where she said she was raped last week.

Authorities said the 24-year-old woman told police she was raped and assaulted while stopped at a stop sign near a Snellville neighborhood Friday.

Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said the woman has taken back part of her statement given to police Friday, saying she was not at the stop sign but parked in a secluded, open plot of land when a man reached into the open window of her Mercedes, hit her in the head and then he and another young black man sexually and physically assaulted her.

Moloney said the secluded location is near the stop sign at the intersection of Ridgedale Drive and Pinehurst Road the woman first mentioned.

"One aspect of this investigation is clear and has not changed, the victim was both physically and sexually assaulted," Moloney issued in a press release.

Investigators believe the woman first lied about her location because she was afraid of what others would think about her. Moloney said he was not releasing information about what the woman was doing parked at the Snellville location at 10 p.m.

"Generally 98 percent of people don't give us the entire truth because they're worried what we or their parents or others will think of them," Moloney said. "The reality is we don't care. You can be a preacher or a ditch digger, we want the truth... we can work with that."

With the new information provided by the woman, Moloney said investigators now have more to work with.

"Even though we have no eye witnesses or named suspects we do have some substantial leads to follow that will hopefully lead us to naming a suspect," Moloney said. "Based on the new information she gave us we have some more substantial leads. Right now we've sent off some samples of items found at the scene for testing and we're waiting for results on those."

The pair who assaulted the woman are described as skinny black men possibly 16 to 20 years old.

Moloney said both were wearing black hooded sweatshirts, dark colored sweatpants and had white bandannas with black designs over their faces.

Moloney said the pair drove the woman to a second location in Snellville, not far from Ridgedale Drive and Pinehurst Road location, where both men physically and sexually assaulted her. The women was then forced into the trunk of her car and driven around Snellville, Moloney added.

Afterward the men told her to stay in the trunk, but she later escaped and drove herself to her boyfriend's house to call police, Moloney said.

Moloney said investigators would not be releasing what type of object the woman was hit with, but said one of the men was armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Police Department tip line at 770-513-5390.