Woman alleges she was unlawfully confined, sexually assaulted in Saskatoon home

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Woman alleges she was unlawfully confined, sexually assaulted in Saskatoon home
WATCH ABOVE: Saskatoon police are on the lookout for five men tonight, accused of confining a woman and sexually assaulting her. Joel Senick with more on why authorities say a key witness could help lead them to an arrest – Jan 4, 2017

A woman is alleging she was unlawfully confined and sexually assaulted in a Saskatoon home.

The 26-year-old Melfort, Sask., woman told Saskatoon police she was walking on Highway 5 near a gas station on Monday afternoon when five men in a black Dodge truck approached her.

She said she was driven to a home on the east side of Saskatoon and forced into the basement for several hours where she was sexually assaulted.

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RCMP have said that there was a report at that time of a woman being unlawfully confined however attempts to locate her were unsuccessful.

The woman said she was able to escape early Tuesday morning. She hailed a taxi, which took her to a convenience store in the 1500-block of 22nd Street West.

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Saskatoon police are looking for the cab driver to assist their investigation. A spokesperson said the woman was only able to tell them that the cab was yellow in colour.

“I think ideally investigators would like to be able to narrow down where he might have picked this woman up from,” Saskatoon Police Service spokesperson Kelsie Fraser said to reporters Wednesday.

“That will give us a starting point to work backwards from and hopefully determine the location of the incident.”

The five men are described as possibly being Middle Eastern.

The driver is between the ages of 35 and 40 with a short beard, dark hair with a buzz cut and had a thicker build. He was wearing a black dress jacket, jeans and tan Timberland boots.

One passenger is between the ages of 25 and 30, tall with a skinny build and had a beard. There is no clothing description.

A second passenger is thought to be in his late 20s, six-foot tall, slim build with a beard and short black frizzy hair.

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No descriptions of the other two men is available at this time.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact Saskatoon police at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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