Cops: Woman assaulted at appliance store

A woman was pulled into a Frankford appliance store early this morning where she was sexually assaulted by a man with a gun, according to police.

Around 4:50 a.m., cops were called to the Torresdale Appliance store on Torresdale Avenue near Orthodox Street. A Special Victims Unit supervisor said he was not sure who made the initial call to police.

Once on scene, police declared a barricaded subject armed with a handgun inside of the store, according to a police spokeswoman. The barricaded man was eventually taken in to custody without incident around 5:30 a.m.

The SVU supervisor said the victim was pulled into the store by someone she did not know, but it was not clear whether she was taken in through the front door or through another entrance. He did not know how long the sexual assault lasted and declined to detail how the victim escaped, citing an ongoing and active investigation.

Police said charges are pending against a suspect, but declined to release his name or his connection to the appliance store.

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