Help sought in finding an attacker Man harassed, then attacked girl, 16, in Arbutus.

July 25, 1991|By Meredith Schlow | Meredith Schlow,Evening Sun Staff

Baltimore County police are asking for help in identifying a man who for weeks harassed, then attacked a 16-year-old girl he repeatedly referred to as "pretty girl."

The attack last week came more than a month after the suspect began harassing the girl at her home in Owings Mills, police said. The girl received several phone calls and letters from a man who referred to her as "pretty girl," and said, "No one can keep me from you." The harassment continued until the last week in June, when the victim left town for vacation.

After returning to Maryland, the victim moved in with relatives in Arbutus. While alone in the house July 16, a man entered through an unlocked rear door, tied up the victim at knifepoint, took her into the bathroom and filled the tub with water. He repeatedly pushed her head under the water, saying, "You can't hide from me, pretty girl." He then left. The victim called 911.

The suspect is described as a white, in his early 20s, 6 feet and 185 pounds, with brown eyes and hair. On his upper right arm the words "PRETTY GIRL" appeared to have been tattooed. Police do not know if the tattoo is permanent or temporary. The suspect may be driving a 1970s four-door tan Chevy Nova, with damage to the left front. The car has no front tag.

Police have released an artist's sketch of the suspect. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call officers James Andrews or James Mason at 887-0872.

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