A Salt Lake woman told law officers she was raped Wednesday evening in the west parking lot of the Cottonwood Mall.

The 24-year-old woman had been shopping with a friend before the incident occurred. The woman told Salt Lake County deputy sheriffs she was opening her car door about 7 p.m. when a man approached her from behind and began yelling at her.The woman said she turned around, thinking that the man knew her. He then pointed a small handgun at her, grabbed her by the arm and forced her to a vehicle that was parked in the west lot adjacent to a stream, a sheriff's report stated.

The man pushed the woman into the back seat of an early '70s model four-door Chevrolet, forcibly removed her clothing and then raped her. The man bit the woman before allowing her to leave, the report said.