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The Vienna police are looking for any and all information pertaining to the whereabouts of a 31-year-old man from Mali, suspected of raping a 46-year-old woman on October 8.
During a visit to a café on the Lerchenfelder Gürtel, one of Vienna’s main streets, the woman met and struck up a conversation with the suspected perpetrator. What happened next, is largely unclear: the woman suffers from memory loss and cannot account for large parts of the evening. Because of this, it is suspected that she was slipped some sedative, or a date rape drug.
Police spokeswoman Irina Steirer revealed to the press that the only thing that is definitely established, about where the woman was after meeting the man from Mali, is that she woke up hours later in a house in Vienna. She was subsequently brought to a hospital.
There the police examined her and secured traces of sperm, from which DNA was extracted. This led the police to the identity of the suspected perpetrator, whose picture they released to the public. The man from Mali was already known to the Vienna police in connection with drug-related offences.