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Police: woman forced into van, raped in Mechanicsburg

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A woman was forced into a van on the Carlisle Pike Sunday afternoon and then raped by two men, according to Silver Spring Township Police.

Police said the woman was walking on the 6600 block of the Carlisle Pike when two men quickly approached and forced her into the back of a van around 4 p.m. on Sunday. The men then drove to an alley and raped the woman, according to police.

Police Superintendent Richard Hammon said the act appears to be random.

"This lady wasn't doing anything wrong," he said. "She was walking in her neighborhood and she was approached rather quickly, I would say, and there really wasn't anything she could do."

Hammon said the woman was taken to an area hospital.

Mario Prato, who lives in the area, said the situation concerns him. 

"I think it's horrible," he said. "I mean, to think something like that would happen here worries me. I have two small kids, daughters in there. It's very concerning."

The men are both described as being in their 30s with husky builds and shaved heads. One of the men had a beard, one-inch gauge-style earrings, blue eyes and a dragon tattoo that wrapped around his right hand and went over his shoulder. The other man had a goatee, hazel/grayish eyes and skull tattoos all over his body.

The men were driving an older, dark blue work van with rust around the fenders and no license plates. There was a mattress inside as well as trash all over the dashboard and van. The van's only windows were on the rear doors. 

Police do not have any suspects at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact police at 717-697-0607 or 717-238-9676. Anonymous information can be given at 717-591-8242.

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