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NOPD searches for three suspects after Uptown rape-robbery

It was a crime that has the Garden District on edge -- a 30-year-old woman kidnapped from in front of her Eighth Street home, then taken away to be raped and robbed.

Two men forced a 30-year-old woman into their car as she attempted to get out of her own vehicle and go home.  The victim was driven around for 45 minutes as the suspects, one of them armed, raped and robbed her.

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, "There are many pieces of the investigation that are falling together nicely.  We're just making sure the victim is taken care of."

They dropped her off at the front of her house, took her keys, and stole her 1999 silver Honda Accord.

"She said, 'Don't touch me, I'm evidence,' and I said did they violate you?  She said yes and I fell to my knees," said neighbor Elizabeth Gamard.

The crime was shocking enough, but what happened afterward created even more anger.

Gamard said, "The 911 operator was short with me, didn't believe my veracity, didn't recognize the address."

To make matters worse, Gamard says it seems like it took police forever to respond. "It took at least a half an hour and they came no lights on," she said.

Chief Serpas said, "Our officers were with the woman within eight minutes of her first phone call and they worked overnight collecting evidence."

The victim was badly beaten and bleeding, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

There are cameras all over the neighborhood, and neighbors hope for a quick arrest.

"They'll catch them, we've got video cameras in this neighborhood, everybody knows each other," said neighbor Lonnie Bewley.

Police say they're search for three violent offenders, African-American men believed to be in their twenties.  The victim does not know what kind of car she was forced into, but police are studying surveillance from surrounding businesses on Magazine Street and other cameras in the neighborhood.

The victim's 1999 four door Honda Accord remains missing. It is silver and has a Louisiana license plate number of OUZ 831.  

If you have seen it, or know anything about this crime, please call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You could get a $2500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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