DALLAS — A SMU student walking with friends in Dallas was abducted and raped over the weekend.
The 20-year-old thought she was doing the right thing by walking with friends. But three men in a sport utility vehicle grabbed her at gunpoint; they then sexually assaulted her.
Dallas police are calling this a very violent act.
It happened around 2:20 a.m. Saturday. Police said the victim did nothing wrong — she was simply walking with friends when she was grabbed, had a gun pointed to her head and was kidnapped.
Manuel and Esteban Mariel said they were having a party with other athletes from SMU when they heard a lot of screaming and commotion.
"All this craziness and madness happening," said Esteban Mariel.
Their friend, a fellow athlete, was kidnapped in the 1800 block of North Garrett Avenue. The kidnappers told the woman to stay down and be quiet and get in the back seat.
The SUV took off; her friends tried to chase the men, but couldn't catch up. They stopped at a convenience store in the 2800 block of North Fitzhugh Avenue and called 911 for help.
Police launched a search.
According to investigators, the driver of the SUV pulled into a deserted lot where all three suspects forced the woman to have sex with them. The suspects were speaking Spanish during the attack.
They covered her eyes with duct tape and then robbed her.
Then they shoved her out of the SUV in the 1300 block of South Haskell Avenue without any clothes.
The woman knocked on several doors looking for help; eventually a man in a car stopped to assist.
Because the crime did not happen on the SMU campus, there has been no comment so far from the university.