Woman escapes from car boot after 'violent rape'

A woman has escaped with minor injuries after allegedly being raped, thrown into the boot of a car, then shot at as she fled.

The victim told police she was sexually assaulted in Adelaide's southern suburbs on Friday, held against her will, then thrown into the boot of a Ford Laser.

When she escaped from the boot, she was allegedly chased around nearby wetlands in Dry Creek, in Adelaide's north. 

The woman escaped from the boot of the man's Ford laser (pictured), according to police. Source: SA Police

"We think that she used her best endeavours to escape from the car and as a result, he's pulled in and she saw an opportunity to escape," Northern District CIB Chief Inspector Billy Thompson said.

"The man who has been charged is from (the northern suburbs), so we believe he was returning to the area.

"This is a very traumatic event for someone to go through and to be in the middle of nowhere in the dark, and trying to seek help would have been very frightening for her."

The woman, who is aged in her 30s, called triple-0 about 8.15pm and told officers she had been chased by a man known to her, who was holding a handgun and had fired it about four times.

Chief Insp Thompson said police quickly found the "disorientated" woman after her call. She was later treated in hospital for minor injuries.

Chief Inspector Billy Thompson said the 37-year-old man had been charged. Source: SA Police

The suspect, 37, was found hiding in bushes in the wetlands and was charged with unlawful detention and rape. 

He has been refused bail and is expected to appear in Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Monday.

Police returned to the scene on Saturday morning to locate the missing gun as investigations continue. 

"Any violent incidents like this are terrible and just deplorable, and we feel for the victim," Chief Insp Thompson said

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online.

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