Woman, 38, raped at knifepoint in her townhouse in Wheatfields

February 07, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Howard County police are looking for a man they say raped a 38-year-old woman at knifepoint in her townhouse in the Wheatfields neighborhood of Ellicott City on Wednesday night.

The woman told police she was home alone and that the assailant broke into the house about 9 p.m. and forced her into a bedroom, where she was sexually assaulted.

According to a report, the woman told police the rapist fled about 11 p.m. The woman was taken to Howard County General Hospital by police a short time later.

Sgt. Steven Keller, a police spokesman, said there are no suspects in the incident.

"We are looking at all the past rapes in the county to see if there's anything that's similar to this case," he said. "But we have nothing at this point."

Residents in the neighborhood just south of the Long Gate Center on Route 103 were shocked when they heard details of the crime.

"We always thought it was very safe here," said a woman who requested anonymity. "We call it the Stepford community, it's so quiet. The most crime we've had here was when a bike was stolen."

The attacker is described as white male with a medium to heavy build, 6 feet tall and wearing a ski mask, gloves, blue jeans and a light-colored shirt. He was armed with a folding knife.

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment. Police are asking that people call 410-313-3200.

Pub Date: 2/07/97

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