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Police in Swatara Township look for rape suspect

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An officer is flagged down by a female walking barefoot and in distress early Saturday morning.

According to police, a Swatara Township patrol officer was stopped by theĀ  female just after 3:00 a.m. along S. 28th Street near Amity Road in Harrisburg. The victim told police she had been sexually assaulted and raped behind a business near Amity Road.

Police say the victim told officers she was in Harrisburg and accepted a ride from a male to go to a friend’s house in Swatara Township. The suspect pulled his car behind a business building and assaulted her, police said.

The suspect is being described as an overweight black male in his mid 20’s, about 5’10”, with black short hair, with a small goatee. Police say he was wearing shorts and a t-shirt at the time of the incident.

According to police the suspect is driving a small foreign model green car with a manual transmission.

The victim was treated at a local hospital and was able to provide police with a composite sketch of the suspect which will be released later.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Swatara Township police Department at 717-564-2550.

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