Police investigating sexual assault of St. Joe’s student in Manayunk

Philadelphia Police continue to investigate last weekend’s sexual assault of a Saint Joseph’s University student that, according to media accounts, occurred when a 19-year-old student “got into what she thought was a taxicab on the 4100 block of Main Street” last weekend.

Lt. Ray Evers, a department spokesman, confirmed a sexual assault occurred but said Special Victims Unit investigators would be interviewing and re-interviewing witnesses and others over the weekend to help piece together a timeline and account of events.

According to an NBC10 report, “A passenger was already inside the vehicle and at the first opportunity got out of the front seat and raped the student, police say. The driver of the vehicle and the suspect then dropped the student off partially clothed on Sherwood and Lancaster Avenue in Overbrook, not far from St. Joe’s campus, police say. Police cannot yet say if the vehicle was a legitimate taxicab or if it was a car made to look like a cab.”

University spokesperson Harriet Goodheart said the incident was “very rare” and that the school is working closely with investigators. She said the university sent out an alert about the incident that reminded students “not to travel alone and take advantage of the University’s shuttle services.”

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