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Police still searching for man in brazen Salt Lake City rape

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Salt Lake investigators continued their search Friday for a transient man detectives say raped a woman in a downtown parking lot.

The brazen attack happened in the parking lot in the southwest corner of 400 South and Main Street about 3:45 p.m. on Monday. A man hiding underneath a parked vehicle grabbed a woman by the ankles as she was walking through the parking lot, pulled her down and raped her at knifepoint, Salt Lake police spokeswoman Lara Jones said.

Friday, detectives received up to 15 calls from citizens who spotted men who matched the description of the attacker. One man was stopped at a convenience store near 600 South and 200 West. Another was spotted in the Salt Lake Main Library and detained until police arrived and questioned him.

"We will go out and follow each call," Jones said.

None of the people questioned Friday was believed to be the attacker.

The rapist is described as transient looking with a dark complexion, a dark beard, long dark hair and very bad body odor. He was last seen wearing a Carhartt-style winter coat, a yellow plaid flannel shirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information can call Salt Lake police at 799-INFO (4636).

— Pat Reavy