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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 5:41 pm | Updated: 7:33 pm, Wed Apr 3, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Four men held a 17-year-old homeless girl hostage for two days and sexually assaulted her, police said Wednesday.

The four men have been charged with sexual assault and other offenses in the mid-March incident in Eagle River, the Anchorage Daily News reported (http://is.gd/WGkezF).

Police say the girl was in downtown Anchorage and needed somewhere to stay on March 16.

Alex Metzger, 19, and Ryan Poole, 21, took her to an apartment in Eagle River, where they met Jesse Contreras, 19, according to police.

The girl told police she played video games and smoked marijuana with the men, who later forced her to drink alcohol by holding her head and forcing it down her throat, according to charging documents.

She went to a bedroom to lie down, when the men later forced oral sex and then group sex, police said.

They then didn't allow her to leave, and, police said, Joseph Sanford arrived the next day and the assault continued. However, the charging documents said it's not clear Sanford had intercourse with the girl.

The girl found her cellphone early the next morning and arranged for a friend to pick her up. Two days later, she called her mother, went to a hospital and contacted police.

Arrest warrants were issued Saturday, and all four were arrested by Sunday. Police announced the arrests Wednesday.

Poole and Contreras each face six counts of sexual assault and a single count of kidnapping. Poole faces and additional count of furnishing alcohol to a minor, while Contreras also has an assault charge.

Metzger faces seven counts of sexual assault, and single counts of kidnapping and assault. Sanford is charged with single counts of sexual assault and attempted sexual assault.

"I think that the media needs to do its job and make sure that people are not prejudged before any evidence has come out because anybody can say anything about anyone else," Poole's attorney, Julia Moudy, told The Associated Press when asked for comment.

Messages left for attorneys for the other three men were not immediately returned to the AP.

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