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Police Searching for Suspect in Sexual Assualt

The suspect used a knife in the attack.

Montgomery County Police are searching for a suspect who they say sexually assaulted a woman in the laundry room of an apartment building shortly after 9:30 this morning.

The attack happened at an apartment complex in the 700 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard, police said.

The victim, a 28-year-old woman, told police that at 9:40am she was followed into the laundry room by a man she did not know.

The man took out a knife and sexually assaulted the woman, police said. He then fled in an unknown direction.

The victim described her attacker as a black male with a thin build, 20-25 years old, about 6' tall.

He was wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and blue jeans.

At approximately the same time this morning, construction crews ruptured a gas line in the 700 block of Quince Orchard Boulevard, causing at least one condo to be evacuated.

It is not clear if the two incidents are related.

Anyone with information about the assault or the suspect is asked to call police at 240-773-5070. Callers may remain anonymous.

Montgomery County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the person responsible. Anonymous tips can also be provided by typing “MCPD” plus the tip on a cell phone or PDA and texting it to 274637 (CRIMES).            

Charles L.Garris December 08, 2011 at 02:23 PM
The very moment he entered the room and she became aware she did not recognize him, she should have left the room, even under the pretense of having fogotten something.
Liz December 10, 2011 at 01:45 AM
Charles, let's not blame the victim. The man should never have raped her. Let's put the blame where it belongs. A tenant has the right to expect safety in her building's laundry facilities.
Charles L.Garris December 10, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Didn't mean to sound like I was blaming the victim. However, no young lady, wife or daughter, should expect complete safety - alone in a basement laundry, with a 6' tall black dude she does now know or recognize. Lived in a condo w/basement laundry for years and my wife carried her .25 cal. baretta in the bottom of her laundry basket. Expecting safety and ensuring it are two different things. You're not even guaranteed safety at the front door of your Giants Supermarket.


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