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.

"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 in the 17000 block of Frederick Road near the Howard-Carroll county line and forced a 22-year-old woman into his car with a 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 the vehicle near Route 94. The witness then reported the incident to police.

Police believe the attacker may have followed the woman home from shopping at the Weis supermarket at Twin Arch shopping center in Mount Airy, Sergeant Gardner said.

The woman told investigators she noticed a man in a white car behind her as she backed into her driveway.

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.

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

Sergeant Gardner declined to discuss further details.

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

In the earlier incident, a 19-year-old Dayton woman was taken from her home in the 14000 block of Triadelphia Road at gunpoint at 10:45 a.m. May 14, 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 male in his 30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a mustache and dark brown hair that is partly 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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