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Published: Friday, 10/28/2005

Hillsdale man charged with assault on girl, 14

HILLSDALE A 26-year-old Hillsdale man was in the Hills dale County jail last night on sexual assault and kidnapping charges for the abduction and assault of a 14-year-old Hillsdale girl yesterday.

Bond was set at $300,000 for Matt Urban, who was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping a minor to commit sexual assault, and assault with intent to murder.

Mr. Urban is accused of kidnapping the girl about 3:30 a.m. and taking her to an unoccupied residence in Adams Township, several miles east of Hillsdale, where she was beaten. Mr. Urban allegedly then placed the girl in the trunk of his car and drove her to a nearby state game area. There he forced the girl to undress, sexually assaulted her, and threatened to kill her, deputies said.

Afterward, Mr. Urban drove the girl to an unoccupied residence in Hillsdale Township, where she was beaten, tied up, and gagged in a nearby wooded area. After Mr. Urban fled, the girl broke free about 4:30 a.m. and found help at a nearby home. The girl was treated at Hillsdale Community Health Center, deputies said.

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