Police investigate reported sexual assault in Springfield

Police investigate reported sexual assault in Springfield

Springfield police are investigating a reported sexual assault that allegedly happened on Thanksgiving night.

Officers responded around 9 p.m. on Friday to Springfield Regional Medical Center for an alleged sexual assault, according to a Springfield police report.

When crews arrived, a 21-year-old woman told them that “she was drugged and raped on Thanksgiving night,” the report says.

The woman told police she was with her cousin, her cousin’s boyfriend, and another man when they all decided to go to a local bar.

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While at the bar, the man decided to order everyone drinks and came back to the booth they were all sitting at with shots, according to the report.

“(The woman) stated that she drank the shot and it had a ‘funny’ after taste that wasn’t normal,” the report says.

About 15 minutes later, the four decided to leave the bar.

While in the car, the woman told police she felt impaired and passed out in the car around 7 p.m. while everyone was still together.

“(The woman) came to and woke to find herself in a vacant abandoned house. She was disoriented and was wondering where her cousin and the two males were,” the report says. “She had her pants off and her underwear. She dressed herself and began walking through the house, exiting out the back door because the front door had been boarded by the City of Springfield.”

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The woman told police she wasn’t sure of the exact address where she was, but believes it was near the 1900 block of South Yellow Springs Street.

According to the report, the woman has not made contact with her cousin since the incident.

The woman was treated at the hospital and released. The report does not say how the woman got from the house to the hospital.

No arrests have been made and Springfield police are continuing their investigation.

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