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Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002

Allegheny County detectives and Dormont police are investigating a report of a sexual assault on a woman during which her attacker carved an obscenity onto her forehead with a knife.

“Normally a rapist won't cut up his victim like this, so we believe she may have been targeted for some reason,” county police Lt. David Walsh said.

The woman, 21, told police she had just finished showering in her apartment in the 3200 block of Dell Avenue in Dormont about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday when she was attacked from behind, Walsh said.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review does not identify the victims of sexual assault.

Her attacker, a man whom she said she did not know, dragged her into the living room, tied her hands together with rope, put a towel in her mouth, blindfolded her with a scarf and sexually assaulted her, Walsh said. During the attack he made obscene comments about the woman's personal life and pulled out a knife, Walsh said.

“He then started to carve the word ‘slut' on her forehead, and began slashing her chest,” Walsh said. “The stabs were not deep but enough to scar her.”

The assailant then left. The woman called 911 and was treated at St. Clair Hospital.

The woman told police her door was locked when she was in the shower, and the apartment building in which she lives has a secure outer door, Walsh said.

“There was no sign of forced entry, so were looking at the possibility of an unlocked window,” he said.

The woman was unable to provide a description of the attacker.

Detectives canvassed the neighborhood Wednesday to find people who might have seen a man watching the apartment building or asking people about the woman. Investigators also are looking into where the woman has been over the past few days, whom she may have met and whether any of those people would have a reason to attack her.

“It could be someone with a vendetta against her, some kind of revenge attack,” Walsh said. “Or it could be someone who was stalking her. We just don't know yet.”

The attack does not appear to be related to any other sexual assaults in the area, Walsh said.

Anyone with information about the assault or a suspicious man in the area at the time of the attack is urged to call county police at (412) 473-3000 or 911.

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