Rape victim said to ID brothers in Italy beach town attack

AP News
Posted: Sep 02, 2017 4:39 PM

ROME (AP) — Two Moroccan teenagers suspected of being among four males who gang raped a Polish tourist and beat her companion unconscious on an Italian resort beach were identified at a police station Saturday by a Peruvian woman who reported being raped by the same gang shortly after the first attack, according to Italian media. Later, a third suspect, also a minor, was reported detained by police.

Italian state television, the ANSA news agency, and Sky TG24 TV reporting from the Adriatic resort town of Rimini said the two Moroccans, who are brothers, went to their police station after recognizing themselves in footage of surveillance cameras that police released in hopes of finding the attackers. The Peruvian woman, who was attacked on a road not far from the beach, came to the police station in Rimini where she recognized them, the media reports said.

ANSA later reported that a third suspect, described as being a minor of African origin, was detained by police in a nearby town, Montecchio di Pesaro, aided by information provided by the two brothers. The suspects' ages were described as ranging from 15 to 17.

The fourth suspect, believed to be of adult age, was being sought by police.

The Polish couple returned to their homeland a few days after the attack. They were vacationing in Rimini, whose wide, sandy beaches and night spots make it popular holiday destination.

The Polish woman's companion was hit on the head with a bottle, beaten and robbed, according to police.

Polish authorities have opened their own investigation of the crimes against their citizens.