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A 14-year-old girl who accepted a ride in a van in West Baltimore was raped or sexually assaulted by five men on Sunday afternoon, according to city police who are seeking help identifying suspects and finding the vehicle.

The attack, first made public by police on Wednesday, occurred about 4:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Leslie St., just off Presstman Street in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Police said the girl was seeking directions and got into a van driven by a man in his 20s who offered her a ride.

Police said occupants attacked the girl inside the van. A department spokesman, Det. Kevin Brown, said up to five men participated in the attack. He would only say that the girl was raped at least once and sexually assaulted by the others.

Brown said the driver implied that he had a weapon, and the occupants released the girl after the attacks.

The van is described as being tan and brown with thin, white swirl lines along its side. It also has two rear doors and two passenger-side rear doors and curtains covering the side and back windows. There is a brown rear tire cover.

Anyone with any information is urged to call 911 or MetroCrimestoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Sunday's attack comes just days after a 13-year-old was grabbed off an East Baltimore street and raped in a vacant rowhouse. No arrest has been made in that case.

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