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A 24-year-old Chautauqua County woman told Erie County sheriff's officials she was abducted at gunpoint in Dunkirk on Wednesday and forced to drive into Erie County, where she was sexually assaulted before being released in the Town of North Collins.

The woman told police her assailant walked up behind her and put the gun to her back as she walked to her vehicle in a Dunkirk parking lot at about 1 p.m., Capt. Ron Kenyon said.

After she was released on Quaker Road in North Collins, she called for help on her cell phone at about 3:15 p.m. She later was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center.

Kenyon and Senior Detective James Hatch said police are looking for an older two-tone blue pickup truck driven by another person, who may have picked up the assailant in North Collins. Dunkirk police, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies and State Police aided Erie County deputies in looking for the attacker.

While the woman didn't recognize her attacker, investigators say he may have known who she was.

"We do believe she was specifically targeted," Kenyon said. "She wasn't chosen at random."

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