TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Tourists kidnapped, assaulted in Brazil

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By The Associated Press
Monday, April 1, 2013, 9:03 p.m.
 

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two foreign tourists were held for hours, brutalized and one of them sexually assaulted aboard a public transport van they boarded in Rio de Janeiro's showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood, police said in a statement on Monday.

Two men aged 20 and 22 have been taken into custody and a third is being sought in connection with the incident, which saw the two foreigners held for about six hours starting shortly after midnight on Saturday, police said.

The statement said the suspects forced other passengers to get out of the van and then sexually assaulted the female tourist inside the vehicle, which was one of a fleet that serve bus routes and seat about a dozen people. During the alleged assault, the tourists were driven to the poor suburban neighborhood of Sao Goncalo, where the two suspects were apprehended, the statement said.

The victims' nationalities have not been released, but local media reports have said the woman is American. Reports said the two had been studying Portuguese in Rio and that both left the country after the incident.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Debris on French island possibly that of missing Malaysia Airlines flight
  2. U.N. projects world’s population to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, 11.2 billion by end of century
  3. 2013 death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar confirmed
  4. Exiled Yemen leader orders anti-rebel fighters to merge with army to battle Houthis
  5. Scientists warn about killer robots
  6. Buildings in West Bank settlement torn down by order of Israel’s Supreme Court
  7. Obama celebrates gains, notes stalemates on visit to East Africa
  8. Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead 2 years
  9. Greece struggling to convince European Union creditors it’s for real
  10. Syria’s embattled President Assad admits manpower shortage
  11. Obama knocks Huckabee, Trump for slide in Republican rhetoric