Detectives released a sketch yesterday of a suspect wanted in the rape of a woman and the break-in at her Glen Burnie apartment Tuesday.
The attack took place a mile from the wooded parcel where the body of 14-year-old Lisa Kathleen Haenel was found last month. Police have come up empty in their search for Lisa's killer, and so far have no evidence the crimes are connected.
"We have no evidence at this time to link the two crimes," said Lt. Mike McNelly, head of the department's Crimes Against Persons section. "But we are looking closely at anything that on the surface might be related to the homicide."
The only similarities in the crimes are their proximity and the fact that they were violent attacks, he said.
"We are talking to people in the neighborhood," Lieutenant McNelly said of the investigation of Tuesday's rape. "I have investigators from both the sex crimes and homicide squads working on this. They are really working hard to get this guy."
Investigators are looking for anyone who was in the area of the Hidden Woods apartment complex about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday and saw a white, teen-age boy with collar-length light brown hair, wearing a blue baseball hat, light blue jeans, a blue and red plaid shirt and white tennis shoes.
The 29-year-old victim and her 10-month-old daughter were asleep in the bedroom of their apartment in the 400 block of Hidden Brook Drive when the woman awoke to noise at her door.
The woman found the boy standing in her living room. He asked her several questions before he ran into the kitchen, grabbed a meat cleaver from a drawer and ordered her to take off her clothes. He ran out of the apartment after he raped her, police said.
The woman's call to police touched off a search for the suspect in the area that is about a mile away from where Lisa was found stabbed to death last month.
Police have made no arrests in the Jan. 15 slaying of Lisa, an Old Mill High School student found naked on a wooded path near Shetlands Lane. Police believe she was killed on her way to school. She was not sexually assaulted.
The suspect in Tuesday's rape was 16- to 18-years-old, 5 feet 11 inches tall with a medium build, weighing about 170 pounds.
Anyone with information should call 222-3470, Lieutenant McNelly said.