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Santa Barbara Authorities Release Composites of Rape, Beating Suspects

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Police at UC Santa Barbara have released composite sketches of two suspects in last weekends beating and gang rape of a student.  They are hoping someone can identify them.

 (FOX 11 / AP) Authorities are looking for suspects in what they describe as the gang rape and beating of a University of California, Santa Barbara student.

The 19-year-old woman was attacked by several men either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said.

The student was not sure where the attack happened, but it was either on the school's campus or in the neighboring community of Isla Vista, Hoover said. "The group acted together to commit the crime," the spokeswoman said.

The woman was able to return to her residence and tell her roommate. She was then taken to a local hospital for treatment.

There were no known witnesses, and the woman's name was not being released.

On Sunday, sheriff's deputies and UC Santa Barbara police appealed for the public's help.

"It's a very active investigation," Hoover said.

The Santa Barbara News-Press reported that another woman was sexually assaulted in Isla Vista early Saturday. Authorities said the assailant met the woman outside a party and took her behind a car, where he assaulted her. He remained at large.

Hoover said investigators didn't know whether the crimes are related.

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