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      Jefferson county woman claims suspect in church van sexually assaulted her

      Suspect's Van
      A woman stranded on Interstate 59 claims a man driving a church van stopped to help her then sexually assaulted her. Below is a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office: On April 23 at about 10:00 am, deputies responded to a report of an assault that had occurred on Interstate 59 nearmile marker 117. The 34-year-old victim reported that her car had broken down and left her stranded. While she waswaiting for help, a passing motorist in a white van stopped. The male driver of the van was the only occupant. He gotout and offered to help. After looking under the hood he told her that she needed oil and coolant and offered to driveher to the store to get it. She believed him to be a Good Samaritan and got in the van. He took her to three gas stationsin Fairfield and then back to her car. Once they arrived back at her car the man slapped her, sexually assaulted her andtook her money and cell phone. He then left her on the side of the road. Another passing motorist stopped and called911.The suspect is a black male approximately 5'6'' and weighing 170 pounds. He was driving a white 2008-2014Ford van with a Mississippi license plate and the words CHURCH BUS on the back doors. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.