Police say a teenage girl was forced into a car and sexually assaulted Friday morning.
The girl was taken near the intersection of Morris and McHenry Avenue, where the annual American Graffiti parade was held later that day.
“It hits real close to home, because I have a teenager, and we have vendors here with kids,” Patty Kock, owner of the Home Decor and More consignment shop, told FOX40.
Police say the girl was taken by a man at gunpoint into a car parked nearby aropund 7:45 a.m.. The man then reportedly drove her to a vacant home in a residential neighborhood, sexually assaulted her, then dropped her off near Enslen Park.
The man is described as Hispanic, about 6 feet tall, 140 pounds with hazel eyes and possibly in his 20’s. He had a 4 to 5-inch black tattoo on his upper left arm and was driving a black, 2-door Acura with chrome rims.
“Crazy people out here that do stupid things,” David Grays, who lives near the park, said. “It’s just unfortunate that happened to her.”
Koch said that Friday’s parade scene is the Modesto she and others are fighting to keep – in hopes of crimes like what happened in the morning never happen again.
“This is a great neighborhood and it’s not going to be taken over by bad people and we’re just not going to accept that,” Koch said. “And we’re going to pray for the people around us, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
The girl was taken to the hospital and treated for her injuries.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact Modesto Police.