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Teen allegedly raped at Mishawaka park

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- Mishawaka Police are investigating reports of the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Central Park around 8 p.m. Sunday night.

Police said it was dark and raining when the girl was assaulted.

Many people who were using the Riverwalk Tuesday said they feel safe during the day, but not always at night.

The playground and pavement at Central Park are in the police department’s back yard, just across the bridge.

Many come to the area to bike, walk and even fish.

That’s what 91 year old Tom Abberger likes to do.

"I think it's great. It's safe. There's enough people walking around you can get help if you fall down or need help,” said Abberger.

Mishawaka police were called Sunday night.

A 16 year old girl was on the Riverwalk when she says a man in his 20's attacked her.

She said she has seen him in the area before.

Police said this is the most severe crime they've had along the path in about a year.

They usually respond to complaints about kids hanging out there or graffiti problems.

Those using the path Tuesday said feel safe there.

"We come out here often. We always feel really safe. We aren't here after dark though,” said Paul Goethals.

Some did say there are certain parts they choose to stay away from. Many said they don’t feel safe parking at Central Park, so they drive half a mile across the bridge where there’s more people and better lighting.

Overall many say Mishawaka is lucky to have one if the safer parks in the area.

Police say the case has been turned over to Saint Joseph County Special Victims Unit.

No one has been arrested.
 

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