Richmond Police: Robbers break into home, sexually assault victim

Richmond Police: Robbers break into home, sexually assault victim

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police are looking for two men after a woman was raped in her home by two armed men during an early morning robbery.

The incident happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 700 block of North First Street in Jackson Ward. The Richmond Police Department on Thursday pledged to throw every resource at the case in order to close it and get the suspects off the street.

"The male victim had stepped outside. They approached him, displayed handguns and forced him back into the residence," explained Richmond Police Deputy Chief Steve Drew.

Police say those two armed men then ransacked the house and stole electronics, cash and jewelry. They are then accused of sexually assaulting a woman inside before running from the scene.

"It is fair to say it is a traumatic event and whether they were physical injuries or emotional, everyone is a victim here. Like I said, our first priority is that they're ok," said Deputy Chief Drew.

The woman was rushed to the hospital and is receiving medical treatment for her injuries. There is currently no evidence to suggest the victims knew their alleged attackers. While police won't go into too much detail about the evidence, but they do say certain evidence collected will be sent to the state lab for testing.

Drew was adamant about the police department taking every measure possible to find the alleged attackers. He added that the community could help by reporting any tip to Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

In addition, an active police presence was seen throughout the neighborhood on Thursday as the forensic team collected more evidence and detectives spoke to neighbors.

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