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NEWORLEANS-- Police are investigating the sexual assault of a woman in the French Quarter early Thursday just after midnight.

Wednesday evening, the 37-year-old woman and her husband had spent the night in several Bourbon Street bars, before they became separated, police said.

The woman was unable to contact her husband using a stranger's cell phone, and an unknown man approached the woman, said he knew where her husband was and offered to take her to him.

Police said woman agreed and followed the man off Bourbon Street. The man took the woman to a dark and secluded location, near Decatur and St. Louis streets, where he sexually assualted her.

After the assualt, the man took cash from the woman's purse and then fled.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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