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Woman raped after meeting suspect through anonymous app

Mobile Police say the sexual assault happened at a vacant house on Hitt Road Friday night. Photo: FOX10 News. Mobile Police say the sexual assault happened at a vacant house on Hitt Road Friday night. Photo: FOX10 News.
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

We're learning more about a story we broke Monday night. A West Mobile woman was kidnapped at gunpoint outside her home, taken to a vacant house and raped on Friday night.

FOX10 News learned on Tuesday that the vacant house where the sexual assault happened is on Hitt Road. The actual kidnapping happened about three miles away in an upscale neighborhood, off Grelot Road.

Mobile Police haven't released many details, but the ones we do know, are disturbing.

Investigators say around 8:00 Friday night, a woman invited someone to her home, who she had met on an anonymous messaging app. When that mystery person got to her driveway on Stone Hedge Drive, the woman was instead met by a man with a gun, and forced to get in his car.

Police say the man drove the woman about three miles away from her home, to a vacant house on Hitt Road. That's where, police say, he raped and sodomized her.

According to investigators, the man lured the woman using Whisper, which is an app, and website that allows people to post and message without using an identity. With websites like that on the rise, Public Safety Director James Barber says he's worked too many crimes because of them. 

"We have seen this type of activity occur, and again, people agreeing to meet somebody that they think they know, that they really don't and have never met before, and it results in them becoming the victim."

We have reached out to Whisper, and are waiting to hear back. Their website does state that they will hand over any information to law enforcement if there's speculation that the user harmed someone.

Police haven't released any info yet about the suspect, or what kind of car he was driving.

Once arrested, the suspect will be charged with kidnapping, sodomy, and rape. 

MPD says their Cyber Intelligence Unit is investigating. 

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