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Woman escapes after being attacked in her van

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 5, 2002

TAMPA -- A woman was attacked early Saturday morning by a man who jumped into her van at an intersection and threatened to kill her before stealing the vehicle, Tampa police said.

While the 44-year-old woman was stopped near N 22nd Street and W 17th Avenue, the man opened an unlocked passenger door and ordered the woman to drive. She drove to Nebraska Avenue and Palm Street where she tried to get away about 2:30 a.m. Police said the man started punching her and threatened to rape and kill her.

The woman fought off her attacker and escaped. She was treated for a swollen arm and a black eye at St. Joseph's Hospital and released.

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