State police identify man accused of raping teen in Cross Creek Park

No charges filed; investigation is continuing

April 24, 2015

State police have identified the man who a 17-year-old Avella girl accused of assaulting and raping her at Cross Creek County Park on April 6 after she met him on a social networking site.

The man has been located and questioned, but no charges have been filed, police said in a report released Friday. His name was not released by state police, who said the investigation is ongoing.

The girl told police she met the man on the Tango social networking website and agreed to meet him at the park. They walked down a path when he reportedly hit her on the head, dragged her into a wooded area and raped her. After the alleged assault, he ran.

The teen described her attacker as a light-skinned, Hispanic man in his 20s. He was about 6 feet tall, weighed 200 pounds with blue eyes, brown, shoulder-length hair, mustache and short-cropped beard. The teen told police her assailant spoke in English with slurred speech or spoke in Spanish. The 17-year-old also told police he had a tattoo of the letter “A” on his right hand between his index finger and thumb. The letter “L” was tattooed on the same area of his left hand. He also had a tattoo of a skull without a lower jaw on his left shoulder blade. A cross was tattooed on the right part of his chest.

The girl, who also was bitten on the neck during the assault, was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment of injuries that also included abdominal pain.

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