Woman abducted, assaulted after stopping to fix a flat Two men, one with knife, first offered help on I-95

August 09, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County woman who had stopped to fix a flat tire on Interstate 95 was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by two men, one of them armed with a folding penknife, late Wednesday night, Maryland State Police said.

The woman, in her 30s, was driving north on I-95 when she pulled off to the shoulder north of Route 175 to fix a flat tire about 11: 30 p.m., police said. She was trying to find the spare tire in her trunk when the two men approached and offered to help.

One of the men then pulled out the knife and took the woman back into her car, police said. The man forced her to drive her car on the flat tire and follow the other man in the men's car to a secluded area off U.S. 1, south of Meadowridge Road.

The men then sexually assaulted her in the secluded area, a short distance from the Maryland State Police Waterloo Barracks, police said. The men drove off, and the woman called police. The men were driving a late model, light blue car, possibly a Toyota, police said.

The assailant with a knife is described as a black man in his early 20s, 5 feet 11, with a medium build and short-cropped hair. He was wearing a dark-colored mesh tank top and gray Nike shoes, police said.

The other man is described as black, also in his early 20s, 5 feet 5, with a medium build and shaved head. He was wearing shorts.

Police ask that anyone with information call the Waterloo Barracks at 799-2101.

State police also recommend that motorists who have car trouble -- particularly if they are alone at night -- stay in their cars with the doors locked and ask passers-by to call police.

"We're always along I-95 and the other major highways, and we routinely stop to help people," said Sgt. Leigh Maddox.

Pub Date: 8/09/96

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