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Police ID Suspect Wanted In Abduction, Sexual Assault In Fishtown

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Police say they are searching for 24-year-old Manuel Cintron who is wanted in connection with an abduction and sexual assault in Fishtown last week.

Police say around 5:25 a.m. on May 1, a 22-year-old woman was walking east on the 2000 block of East York Street when a male pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at her and forced her into an early model possible 90s Dodge or Chrysler minivan.

Authorities say the suspect drove the victim a short distance and allegedly sexually assaulted her inside of the vehicle.

Police say the suspect released the victim at Almond and Boston Streets. He was last seen headed westbound on York Street from Almond.

About an hour earlier that same night, police say a female reported she was approached by a male as she walked towards the corner of 12th and Ruscomb Street.

Police say the woman reported the man displayed a handgun, verbally threatened her and attempted to force her into his vehicle.

Police say as he was pushing her, the female fought him off and was able to break free.

The woman says she ran to a SEPTA bus and later notified police.

Police say Cintron is wanted by the Special Victims Unit for an abduction, sexual assault and violation of the Uniform Firearms Act.

"My brother didn't do nothing like that," Jose Cintron told Eyewitness News.

Officials say anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cintron is asked to contact the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251/3263 or call 911.


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