In a strange incident early Tuesday morning, a civilian woman was discovered on Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and said she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by another civilian.

In a statement, Nellis spokeswoman Rebekah Mattes said that neither the alleged victim nor her alleged assailant were authorized to be on-base. It is unclear how they got past security, she said, and an investigation is under way.

Mattes said the alleged victim approached two airmen and told them she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted. The airmen called it in to the Base Defense Operations Center at about 5 a.m., and security forces responded.

The victim described her alleged assailant’s vehicle to the security forces, who discovered the vehicle and alleged assailant in the parking lot of the Crosswinds dining facility on base at about 5:30 a.m. Because they both were unauthorized civilians, Las Vegas police were called in to investigate the kidnapping and assault allegations.

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BREAKING NEWS via Nellis Air Force Base yesterday: Source 1 - "We were told by a General at Nellis AFB that a woman ran to a group of maintainers along the flight line and stated she was raped by men driving in a white van. SF locked down the base, and found the van in the dfac parking lot with a passed out individual inside. They located another individual outside the van. Both Russian descent." Source 2 - "I guess a Russian kidnapped a girl in Mesquite and drove to base. Drove right past the gate guard, gate guard shrugged his shoulders and said fuck it. Well that van parked at the Dfac, raped the kidnapped girl and passed out. The girl woke up, the guy was still passed out so she started running, found some Munitions troops, called Security Forces, they responded to the van 1.5 hours after he drove through the gate. He was a Russian and the girl was a civilian, still under investigation." Source 3 - "The woman approached us as we pulled into the GOV refuel station around 5AM. We could see that she wasnt wearing warm clothes at all and was very cold. When we rolled the window down to talk to her, she said that she needed help because she had just been dropped off after being kidnapped. She said that she had been outside looking for help for about 20 minutes. We then called the LE desk and told the person on shift what was going on and before we were off the phone he had a patrol on its way. about 5 minutes or so later a SecFo guy shows up and starts taking down the same informative she had told us already. after another few mintutes a female shows up to deal with her and the male then comes back to get statements from us. tell him that she was kidnapped and dropped off by a male in his mid 30s inside a white panel van and he spoke with a russian accent. says that she was taken from somewhere else and brought onto base. She had never been on base before and had no relation to the military at all. after a little while the female cop takes her away saying that she was going to medical and needed SARC there when she got there. As the two of us were finishing signing our statements the male cop says over the radio that he was enroute to somehting over the radio (we werent paying attention to it) takes the papers from us and with lights and sirens on races out of the gas station towards the Dfac"

Posted by Air Force amn/nco/snco on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

But questions remain about how they even got there. Mattes said both individuals came on base at the same time.

“The 99th Air Base Wing takes installation security very seriously and is looking into the matter and examining what processes may need to change to further bolster security,” Mattes said. “At no point were aircraft, classified information or personnel threatened. The investigation into how the individuals gained access to Nellis is ongoing and more information is not available at this time.”

The unofficial Facebook page Air Force amn/nco/snco, which first reported the incident, posted a video of a white van, surrounded by police, that was purportedly the alleged kidnapper’s vehicle.

Mattes said rumors online that the assailant was Russian were incorrect, and both individuals involved are American citizens.

This is the latest in a string of gate breach incidents over the past year. Last December, a British man drove a vehicle onto RAF Mildenhall in the United Kingdom, and damaged an Osprey on the airfield before being stopped.

In March, a driver drove through the main gate at Travis Air Force Base in California, crashed, and died in the fire that ensued. And in October, a vehicle smashed into a security gate at a Wisconsin Air National Guard unit. A security officer fired a gun, which led to a lockdown and the arrest of three people.