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Five men arrested for gang-raping woman in her home

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Five men arrested for gang-raping woman in her home
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Five young men from Munich were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly gang-raping a woman in her own home, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

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Five men have been arrested for allegedly raping a 26-year-old woman in her own home and then stealing from her, a spokeswoman from the Munich prosecutor’s office told The Local on Wednesday.

The five men had been inside the woman’s home and then raped her, after which they stole items from her house, the spokeswoman said. Police are still searching for a sixth man who is accused of receiving stolen goods, but not of raping the woman.

The woman went to police immediately after the gang rape at her apartment in April, but it took some months to track the suspects down, the spokeswoman explained.

Munich prosecution spokeswoman Judith Henkel emphasized to The Local that the men had grown up in Munich and were not refugees.

“I can only say that it is important to mention they are not refugees because of what happened in Cologne,” Henkel said, referencing the events that made international headlines when hundreds of women reported being sexually assaulted by men who appeared to be of Middle Eastern or North African origin.

All of the men arrested are 19 years old. Henkel explained that because they fall between the age range of 18 and 21, in Germany it must still be decided whether they go through juvenile court or standard court proceedings for adults.

She also therefore could not provide more information about the suspects until this has been determined and while the investigation is still ongoing.

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