Independence police continue investigating gang rape case

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Three days after a woman reported that five men broke into her apartment, covered her face with her pants and raped her as her little girl slept next to her, detectives with the Independence Police Department are still investigating the woman's claims.

Police said the investigation centers around an apartment at the Stoneybrook Apartment Complex along U.S. 24 Highway.

"I told the police I believe they got inside my apartment building through an unlocked, rear door," the woman told FOX 4's Robert Townsend during a brief telephone conversation on Friday.

"That's all I really want to say right now as I focus on my daughter and my own safety," she added.

She said once inside her apartment, the strangers covered her face with her pants and sexually assaulted her as her little girl slept  next to her in bed.

In the meantime, the property manager at Stoneybrook Apartments sent letters today to all tenants.

Many people who live at the apartment complex said they were not told about the reported crime right away and that they now have several safety concerns.

FOX 4 acquired a copy of the letter.


I'm sure that you are aware by now that we had a situation occur on this property, and this was a very unfortunate situation. We are doing all that we can to cooperate with the authorities.

We just want to remind you as tenants to be aware of your surroundings at all times, also to remind you to lock your apartment doors as well as the entry doors when coming and going. If you see someone that does not belong in your building please contact the police immediately. Do not let someone in your building who does no have a key to enter the building.

We value each one of you as tenants of Stoneybrook Apartments.

Even though right now they only have vague descriptions of the woman's attackers, police are still urging anyone who saw anything suspicious at the apartment complex on Tuesday or may have information that can help detectives to call the Independence Police Department or the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.


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