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Man, 20, charged in sexual assault of Brooklyn Park girl, 13


A Brooklyn Park man has been charged with two counts of rape after a 13-year-old Brooklyn Park girl accused him of sexually assaulting her, county police said.

Northern District officers arrested Robert Scott Curran, 20, at his home in the 4000 block of Belle Grove Road shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday and charged him with second-degree rape and fourth-degree rape, police said. Mr. Horton also faces a battery charge, police said.

The alleged incident occurred around 3 p.m. June 28, police said. The girl and the suspect were swimming in a quarry off Belle Grove Avenue near 10th Avenue, police said.

The girl told them that the two had been swimming with friends, police said. After the friends left, the suspect allegedly tried repeatedly to pull the girl's pants off. He allegedly was successful after several attempts and is accused of having intercourse with the girl, police said.

Officer Randy Bell, a county police spokesman, said the suspect claimed that the girl consented to have sex and that a witness could back up his story. Police have not been able to find that witness, Officer Bell said.

The girl told police she continued to swim with the suspect until the friends returned, but she didn't say anything about the alleged assault until she told her mother. Officer Bell said police were unsure when the girl told her mother.

The girl's mother reported the alleged rape around 12:15 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Woman is abducted, driven to field, released

A 22-year-old Brooklyn Park woman was forced into a Ford Bronco Sunday morning, driven to a baseball field in Linthicum and released unharmed after her abductors just sat silently with her, county police said yesterday.

Angela Knapp, who lives on Victory Avenue, told police she was walking in the 1400 block of Eighth St. shortly before 11 a.m. when two men in a dark blue Ford Bronco pulled up and asked her for directions, police said. She couldn't understand what the men were asking and moved closer to hear better, Ms. Knapp told police. The man in the passenger seat jumped out of the Bronco and forced her inside, police said.

When the men let her go around 11:15 a.m., Ms. Knapp walked to the home of a friend on Andover Road, police said. She called police around 11:45 a.m., police said.

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