Montgomery County Police-Major Crimes Detectives are investigating a rape that occurred on Friday, December 13 on Garland Avenue in Silver Spring. Today, detectives are releasing video of a person of interest in this case and are asking for the public to call police with any information about this crime.
On Friday, December 13 at approximately 10:45 p.m., an adult female exited her apartment in the 8300 block of Garland Avenue to place trash in a garbage can. While outside, she was grabbed from behind, forced to the ground, and pulled to a more concealed area. The suspect, who was wearing a ski mask, produced a weapon and raped the victim. He fled on foot and the victim was able to go to a nearby home for help. Police and K9 responded to the area but did not locate the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 5’08″ to 6’00″ tall, with brown eyes.
Investigation in this case led detectives to a retail store. A female, who has been identified as a person of interest in this case, made a purchase at that store. Video surveillance shows the female exiting the store and shows her entering a vehicle. Investigators would like to talk to this female.
Anyone with information about this crime, or the female or vehicle in the video, is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), can text Crime Solvers by texting "CRIMES" (274637) followed by MCPD plus crime tip, or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime.
TWO SURVEILLANCE VIDEOS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czwDbnqCDA0 PERSON OF INTEREST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbZuACvBFk0 PERSON OF INTEREST - VEHICLE
*Taken from Montgomery County Press Release*
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