Montgomery Co. police release sketch of sexual assault suspect

Montgomery County police released a sketch Tuesday of the suspect who allegedly raped a woman as she was getting off a bus Saturday night.

According to Montgomery County police, the victim got off a Ride-On bus on the 19300 block of Watkins Mill Road, Montgomery Village Middle School, around 10:15 p.m. Not long after, she noticed a man following her and attempted to run from him. The man chased her and knocked her to the ground.

He then dragged her to an area near some woods and sexually assaulted her.

Composite sketch of Montgomery Village rape suspect. (Montgomery County Police)

The woman managed to escape her attacker and went home after the assault, before going to a hospital for treatment. The incident was then reported to the police.

Tuesday, police released a sketch of the suspect and asked for help in identifying him. He is described as a white man with brown hair in his late 20s, standing 6-feet tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. He has a tattoo behind his left ear and was last seen wearing a sweatshirt and jeans.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about the assault is asked to call 240-773-5050 or 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Montgomery County offers counseling and support for residents of Montgomery County who experienced a sexual assault or other violent crimes through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program.

A crime report released by Montgomery County police earlier this year showed that incidents of sexual assault have been steadily increasing in the county since 2014. In 2018 alone there were 508 reported sexual assaults, compared to 398 the year before.

See a map of where the incident occurred: 

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