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Police seek second rape suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are still pursuing the identity of a man who allegedly assisted a Duluth man in the brutal rape of a teen in Norcross more than nine years ago.

Police said Raymond Davila Contreras - charged with several violent acts, including rape, in connection with the attack - and a second suspect took turns raping a 16-year-old girl after they kidnapped her as she walked home near Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross on Aug. 15, 1999.

Contreras, 42, was arrested Aug. 18 - nearly nine years to the day of the incident - after a DNA sample he submitted to an offender database when served time in state prison for a 2006 burglary matched DNA that was recovered from the teen, authorities say.

Investigators contend Contreras also matched a physical description given by the victim and a composite sketch released at the time.

Cpl. David Schiralli, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said investigators have interviewed Contreras at the jail to glean more clues. The second suspect, however, remains at large.

"The investigators are still working on who this guy is," Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said. "Because it is still an active investigation, we really can't get into specifics at this time."

The rape is described in chilling detail in a police incident report.

The alleged victim was walking on Oakdale Road near Jimmy Carter Boulevard around midnight when a truck pulled up beside her, according to the report. The report states that one of the suspects got out, grabbed her and pulled her inside.

Minutes later, the report states, the suspects pulled into several businesses off McDonough Boulevard until they found an abandoned warehouse where they couldn't be seen. In the bed of the truck, the report states, they took turns raping her.

She was later thrown out of the vehicle at a gas station on South Norcross-Tucker Road, according to the report.

The girl immediately ran home to tell her mother what happened, according to the report. Evidence was collected and the girl was able to give a description of both suspects.

Contreras is charged with false imprisonment, rape, kidnapping and aggravated assault. He remains in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.