HPD: Woman, shortly after being raped, climbs into dumpster and stabs herself multiple times in SE Houston

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HOUSTON — The investigation into the assault of a young woman found stabbed multiple times at a southeast Houston shopping center over the weekend has come to a tragic turning point.

It’s now believed the woman, 20, was a victim of rape who crawled into a commercial dumpster and stabbed herself just moments after the alleged sexual assault, Houston police announced Tuesday.

Investigators said a security guard was making his rounds Sunday at a shopping center on Broadway Street at Bellfort when he noticed the victim lying next to a dumpster around 11:30 p.m.

The guard approached the woman, who was still alive, but suffering from stab wounds to her chest and neck. The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition when paramedics arrived.

According to detectives, the woman was hanging out at a laundry room earlier inside an apartment complex in the 7900 block of Moerly Street when she was approached by the alleged assailant, an unidentified man. They started talking before going to a vacant apartment, where police said he sexually assaulted the woman.

Detectives said the distraught victim walked to the shopping center on Broadway afterwards, climbed into the dumpster and injured herself. She collapsed nearby shortly after climbing out.

The Houston Police Department Major Assaults and Family Violence Division is investigating the case. Anyone with related information should contact investigators at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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