Survivor Identifies Attacker

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Survivor Identifies Attacker A 17-year-old girl said she spotted her alleged rapist on the streets of Camden late Sunday afternoon, and now the man is under arrest.

The teen told police that she had been threatened with a knife and then sexually assaulted in an alleyway behind the 400 block of Market Street on Nov. 8, while she was walking to school.

Sunday, police arrested 27-year-old Robert Turgeon Jr., of Vineland, N.J., after the teen saw him walking the streets in downtown Camden. The girl and her father flagged down police on Broadway around 5:30 p.m. Sunday after she saw a man whose face, she said, gave her flashbacks.

"They put a light on his face. I started crying and I said, 'It is him. It looks just like him,'" the alleged victim said.

The girl said that she is relieved by the arrest, but said that it still doesn't change the damage that has already been done.

"I feel better because I know he's in there and he won't hurt me anymore," the girl said.

The alleged victim is a senior at Camden's Leap Academy charter school. After Turgeon was taken into custody, police showed her a knife he allegedly had in his possession.

"I saw that knife and I told my dad it's the same knife ... I saw that day," the girl said.

Turgeon has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and a weapons offense. Prosecutors are hoping DNA tests will be able to provide a definitive answer on whether he is linked to physical evidence found at the scene.

"I just hope if it is him, he stays in jail for life. That wasn't right what he did. He didn't have no right to hurt me like that," the girl told NBC 10 News.

Turgeon is being held in the Camden County Jail. His bail has not yet been set.

The mother of the alleged victim said she is breathing easier.

"I'm glad that he's in jail and that he is not going to rape another girl," the mother said.

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