Man who turned himself in to Montgomery Co. police after fleeing charged with rape

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Police swarms the Crown area of Gaithersburg, Maryland, after a suspect fled police. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

The wanted person who fled from police in the downtown Crown area in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Thursday and later turned himself is now facing charges of rape and assault.

Montgomery County police arrested Twon Kelly, 25, on Thursday after an exhaustive search of the area and served him a warrant.

On Friday, he was charged with second-degree rape and assault of a woman who reported that Kelly sexually assaulted her at a party in Gaithersburg on March 23.

Police swarmed the area as they searched for Kelly, who escaped briefly, Montgomery County police spokeswoman Capt. Stacey Flynn said Thursday.

Police made arrangements with Kelly to turn himself in. Flynn said Kelly was not barricaded and nobody was in danger during the search.

A gun was found under a doormat in the apartment building, where police believed Kelly fled from. Detectives are trying to determine if there was a connection between Kelly and the gun found.

Police believe there is no connection between what happened Thursday and Wednesday’s incident in which police said a gunman fired at officers near Lakeforest Mall.

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino and Michelle Basch contributed to this report.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information from police. 

Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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