2 suspects in SMU rape held on unrelated charges

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by JASON WHITELY / WFAA-TV

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Posted on December 8, 2009 at 11:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 10 at 11:23 AM

DALLAS - After interviewing three men for several hours Tuesday night in the kidnapping and rape of a Southern Methodist University student, News 8 has just learned Dallas police arrested two of them on unrelated charges and let the other go.

The men were questioned in two attacks that happened 15 minutes apart. In the first, a man was robbed and beaten near the intersection of North Central Expressway and Henderson Avenue. Then, the college student was kidnapped outside a party along North Garrett Avenue just a few blocks away.

Investigators say the SMU student was abducted at gunpoint while she and friends walked to their car after a party. Police said the coed's eyes were duct taped, she was taken to a deserted area and then raped by all three men.

After the sexual assault, the suspects pushed the naked girl out of their SUV in South Dallas. Investigators say she attends SMU on a track scholarship from another country.

Investigators wouldn't say how they identified the three men they're questioning.

"Hopefully this is the lead that will break the case wide open," said Lt. Eno Fite, Dallas Police Department. "I do not know at this point."

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