Police cite similarities in two rapes Mount Airy case like Dayton attack

November 25, 1992|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

The abduction and rape of a Mount Airy woman on Monday may be linked to a similar incident involving a woman from Dayton in May, Howard County police said.

In both cases, young women were forced from their homes in western Howard County at gunpoint, bound and blindfolded, and taken to another house where they were raped, police said.

The women were then taken to another site where they were freed by their captor.

"What we know we have on our hands is that we have two cases that may be related," said Sgt. Gary Gardner, a police spokesman.

About 11 a.m. Monday, a man entered a house near the Howard-Carroll county line and forced a 22-year-old woman into his car with a long-barreled shotgun, police said.

The woman's 4-year-old daughter was home at the time but was left behind unharmed, police said.

A passer-by saw the man forcing the victim into a small, white car outside the isolated home, police said. The witness followed the car east on Route 144 but lost track of the vehicle near Route 94. The witness then reported the incident to police.

Investigators believe that the attacker may have followed the woman home after she finished shopping at the Weis supermarket in the Twin Arch shopping center in Mount Airy earlier Monday, Sergeant Gardner said.

The woman told investigators that she noticed a man in a white car traveling behind her as she backed into the driveway of her home, the spokesman said.

The victim said the man pulled his car into a parking lot across the street from her house, Sergeant Gardner said. Once inside the house, the woman continued to keep watch on the man through a window.

"The victim went into another room and looked outside to find the vehicle had left the parking lot," the spokesman said. "Minutes later, the suspect entered the front door of the victim's home and forcibly took control of her."

The man drove the blindfolded woman to another house, where he raped her, police said. The woman does not know where the house is located.

After the rape, the man drove the woman to the 19800 block of Zion Road in Laytonsville, a Montgomery County town about 11 NTC miles south of Mount Airy, police said. The man released the woman, who went to a nearby house to call police at about 2:45 p.m.

Sergeant Gardner said the woman had a chance to see her captor, but he declined to elaborate. He also refused to discuss details of the rape.

The woman was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where she was treated and released Monday.

In the other incident, a 19-year-old Dayton woman was taken from her home on Triadelphia Road at gunpoint May 14 at 10:45 a.m., police said.

She was taken to another house and raped, police said. Several hours later, the attacker dropped off the woman at a commuter parking lot near routes 29 and 216, police said.

Investigators are uncertain whether the woman had been followed before she was abducted.

Both victims gave police similar descriptions of their attackers.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a mustache and dark brown hair that is partially gray, police said. He was wearing a blue jacket, blue pants and white shoes during Monday's incident.

Police provided the following tips for people who believe they are being followed:

* Drive to a crowded area.

* Note the description of the suspects and their vehicles.

* Lock your car doors and stay in the vehicle until it is safe to leave.

* Call the police.

"If it arouses some suspicion in you, we would like to know about it," Sergeant Gardner said.

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