- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California sheriff’s office is investigating a woman’s claim that she was kidnapped, held captive and beaten sexually abused for three weeks.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/19JTczR) that on Wednesday, the 22-year-old woman reported to Petaluma police that she had been kidnapped three weeks earlier. She told police she was held against her will and beaten and sexually assaulted by her captors. Police did not disclose the exact nature of her injuries.

No arrests have been made.

Santa Rosa is in Sonoma County and sheriff’s detectives there searched a rural property on Stony Point Road north of Todd Road on Thursday.

Sheriff’s Lt. Carlos Basurto says the woman had injuries that corroborated her statements.

Basurto says the woman told detectives she was outside in the Roseland area earlier this month when people she didn’t know “approached her and grabbed her at gunpoint.”

She told investigators she escaped when her captors left a door open at the home where she was being held.

On Thursday, two men were handcuffed and sitting on the west side of the road. Officers detained several people and searched the property, which is at least 2 acres and includes a main house, outbuildings and trailers, Basurto said. It was not immediately known if those detained live on the property.

No additional details were available Friday morning.

Basurto did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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