Sanford woman says she was robbed, sexually assaulted after car broke down

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A Sanford mother and nurse was robbed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted.

She said her minivan was having a problem, so she pulled over. She thought the two men were good Samaritans, not criminals.

She shared her story in the hopes it would help authorities track down the two men responsible. 

“I thought, ‘Lord, this is not how I wanna die,’” the victim said.

CBS 17 is not identifying her because she’s the victim of sexual assault.

The 34-year-old said she was coming back from work. She was headed south on U.S. Route 1 when she pulled over by Farrell Road. She said those two men pulled up in a black Nissan Altima. 

“I was just thinking they were good Samaritans trying to help a young lady out with her tire, but they had ill intentions,” the victim said.

When she looked up next, she said one of the guys had a pistol pointed at her. She said the other person opened her car door and grabbed her wallet. According to the incident report, she had more than $800 in it. She said she intended to use it to pay her rent and other bills. Her wedding ring was also taken.

Then one of them sexually assaulted her.

“He mushed me up against the glass and put their hands down my pants, and said he knows my name, where I live. If the cops come looking for him, for them, he knows where I live and he’ll kill me,” the victim said.

Once they’d taken off, the victim said she tried to wave down other passing cars. 

“No one stopped. Everybody kept going by. They didn’t see the despair on my face. No one tried to help. They just kept going,” she said.

She realized she still had her phone and called 911 and her husband.

“I just hope they don’t do it to anyone else,” the victim said.

Authorities said the two men were wearing black pullover hoodies, tan work pants and work boots. Both had paint on their clothes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 919-775-5531, or the tip line 919-718-4577.

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