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Sheriff: 2 men claiming to be utility workers sexually assault woman in Dawson Co.

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The van Dawson Co. deputies have identified as belonging to the possible suspects (source: Dawson County Sheriff's Office) The van Dawson Co. deputies have identified as belonging to the possible suspects (source: Dawson County Sheriff's Office)
DAWSON COUNTY, TX (KCBD) -

According to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office, a woman said two men claiming to be utility workers came into her home and sexually assaulted her last week.

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, a woman called the sheriff's office saying two men claiming to be utility workers said they needed to do a maintenance check - that's when the sexual assault happened. It happened at a home just outside of the Lamesa city limits.

Deputies say the woman reported only one man came into the house and the other stayed in the van.

“He had checked the water heater like he said he was going to. Then apparently that’s when the assault occurred. Prior to him leaving...the other subject had stayed in the van. Only one of them had got out of the van and went up to the door," Dawson County Sheriff Matt Hogg. 

The men were driving a white van with red and yellow reflective markings on the back doors, and no other markings, according to deputies.

The suspects, who are only described as Hispanic males, have been taken in for questioning. They are waiting for the victim to formally identify them in a photo line-up.

The victim was taken to the hospital, treated and released. 

Due to the on-going investigation, names and photos of the possible suspects will not be released at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 806-872-7560.

Meanwhile, we spoke with Lyntegar Electric Cooperative, which serves areas surrounding Lamesa, to find out their procedures for utility work.

"Normally we try to call them first and let them know were coming. So we can schedule with them at their time. If not we will be in a vehicle like this, all of our vehicles are white and we will have the 'Lyntegar' logo on there," Manager of Member Services Barry Pittman. "And all of our linemen wear uniforms with Lyntegar on their on their shirt, so you can see it well. But normally we will try to call and set up a time before we go out there."

Pittman says the only time they wouldn’t call before coming to your house is in an emergency situation.

But they would still be in their marked vehicle and wearing the company uniform.

"Anytime a member isn’t sure if it’s one of our employees or not, be sure and call us immediately and let us know, that way we can check to see if any of our personnel is in their area and is needing some help or is needing to get to them for some type of work on their house," Pittman said. 

Sheriff Hogg wants to remind residents to be aware of who you let into your home.

“Don’t answer the door, is the best thing. Don’t even open the door and call us. We can come out, we can find out who they are, what they want," Sheriff Hogg said. 

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