SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Saratoga Springs Police Department is investigating strong arm robbery and sexual assault of a woman which allegedly occurred on Union Street Sunday night.
Police say a cellular 911 call was received by the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department around 10 p.m. from a female who sounded incoherent and was requesting help. Officers responded and located a 29-year-old female lying on the ground near 75 Union Street conscious but in distress with visible minor injuries.
Police say the victim was walking alone and was close to her home at the time of the assault. The investigation and interview of the victim has found that the victim was physically assaulted by three white males and then sexually assaulted by two of the three males.
The victim's wallet was located close by and its contents strewn in the area. Police say over $300 in cash stolen from her wallet.
The victim was transported to Saratoga Hospital for injuries sustained in the assault where she has since been treated and released.
Based on the investigation and information obtained, police believe that this may not have been a random act. The investigation is ongoing and leads are presently being followed up.
The Saratoga Springs Police Department and Police Chief Chris Cole were scrutinized last year after an alleged rape occurred and police delayed releasing that information because, according to them, it could have compromised their investigation. Chief Cole admitted fault after the incident, saying he should have released the information to the public.
"We learned from last year's experience. Although several assaults of this nature have occurred in the past year, this is not the norm for Saratoga Springs. We want the public to remember, we are a city. We have all the problems any city has," said Chief Cole.