Investigation into sex assault near cemetery

August 7, 2009 1:18:09 PM PDT
Santa Rosa police are investigating the beating and possible sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman this morning.

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The woman was found on Franklin Avenue and North Street near Franklin Memorial Park around 7:15 a.m., Sgt. Alyssa Johnson said.

A woman who heard screaming in the area called police from a pay phone at Fourth Street and Farmer's Lane around 7:15 a.m., Johnson said.

Another woman who saw the women emerging from bushes near the cemetery called police around 7:30 a.m., Johnson said.

The victim was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and was interviewed by police, Johnson said. Police are investigating the incident as a possible sexual assault.

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