Indianapolis mother says she was assaulted, raped, held at gunpoint on east side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 21, 2016)-- An Indianapolis mother is speaking out after she says she was attacked three times in the last six months while walking on the east side. FOX59 does not usually identify victims of sexual assault, but in this case the woman approached us about sharing her story, hoping it might stop other attacks in the future.

Heather, 25, says she was held at gunpoint, raped and assaulted in an alleyway near 10th street while walking home from buying food for her family a few months ago.

“He had a .45 and if I turned my head he would smack me in the temple and say, 'Don’t look at me! If you scream I will shoot you,'” she said.

She says the suspect, a man in his 20s, threatened her life after he robbed her for $6. She says he forced her to empty her pockets and made her take off all of her clothes.

“He said, 'I do not believe this is all you have, you are going to get naked and we are going to see what else you have,'” said Heather.

Heather filed a police report with IMPD, but no arrests have been made.

“There was no hesitation; this was something he has obviously done before,” said Heather.

The nightmare continued for the single mother of three, when she was attacked again while walking in the same area on the east side, even when she had her 15-month-old daughter with her. She says the first attack only lasted a few seconds, when a man groped her body and ran off.

“By the time I had turned all the way around he had already taken off, so there was no description other than a grey hoodie,” said Heather.

Just days later, another man armed with a knife snuck up behind her while she was pushing her baby in a stroller.

“He said, 'Do what I say and I won’t kill your baby.' This man obviously did not care about the child’s life,” she said.

Heather walks to and from work each day to get money to support her family.

“I’m working I cannot afford a car right now,” said Heather.

Heather continuously passes by the areas where she survived these attacks, but wonders when the next predator will appear in the shadows and try to do it again.

“People who do this wait until they look around and say, 'Okay there are no cops here right now, it will take them a minute to respond anyways,' so they think they can do whatever they want,” says Heather.