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Woman attacked at gunpoint on Milwaukee's East Side

Posted at 4:31 PM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 18:11:12-04

A young woman taking out her trash was forced into an alleyway and almost raped Monday around 8 p.m. on Milwaukee’s East Side, near Oakland and Kane Place.

In a warning to others on Reddit, the victim described how she was only seven feet from her back door when the suspect snuck-up on her.

“I was outside for maybe 30 seconds before this happened. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I don't want anyone else to be in the same position,” she wrote.

The suspect forced the woman into the alley behind the homes in the 1900 block of Oakland Avenue, between Irving Place and Kane Place.

“I didn't see which direction he came from, but suddenly there was a gun in my face and a man in a ski mask told me I was coming with him,” she wrote. “He pushed the gun into my back and ordered me to walk down the alleyway…. once in the dark space between the garbage bins and the garage, he told me to take my shoes off and get on the ground.”

That’s when a motion-detector light on the garage went on, and the suspect took off.

“If it wasn't for the motion sensor lights on the garage, I know he would have raped and/or killed me,” she wrote. “They were triggered by me stumbling, and he was scared off.”

The victim ran to a neighbor for help and called 911.

It has everyone who lives in the area, being more vigilant.

“He dragged her at gunpoint in the alley, and it was a random light that spooked him,” said Amy Miller, who lives nearby. “But what could have happened before that? What if that light didn’t go on? It’s scary.”

“Eight at night is pretty early to be thinking it’s a dangerous time to be out walking the street,” added neighbor, Sasha Gewehr. “I walk my dog around that time, right around here. I’m going to have to be more aware of who’s around me.”

Milwaukee Police do have a person of interest in custody but say this is still an active investigation.