Arundel student reports sexual assault

Security increased at Meade High after girl is abducted in her car

November 19, 1999|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

A Meade High School student told police she was sexually assaulted yesterday morning after being abducted in her car from the parking lot of the school on the grounds of Fort Meade.

Anne Arundel County police said they were told of the assault after receiving a 911 call about 7: 30 a.m. from a house near the school. The girl was questioned there and then taken to North Arundel Hospital for examination and treatment of minor injuries, police said.

The report of the attack prompted police to increase security patrols around the school, and the principal distributed a letter about the incident to all students.

The victim -- whose name and age were not divulged -- told police she was parking on the lot when a man in a silver Camaro pulled up behind her car. The driver approached her vehicle on foot, implied that he had a gun and ordered her to move into the passenger seat of her car, according to the police report.

She was driven in her car to an undisclosed location near the school where, she told police, the sexual assault occurred. Other details about the reported attack were not disclosed. Police said the girl's physical injuries were minor.

The girl told police she was driven back toward the school after the attack until the man slowed down and pushed her out of her car. Where that happened was not disclosed by police.

The man apparently returned the student's vehicle to the school parking lot and picked up the silver Camaro, police said.

Police canvassed the area around the school and reported finding witnesses who saw the initial confrontation on the school parking lot and the girl being pushed out of her car -- which was left at Meade High School.

The silver Camaro was found unattended about 4: 30 p.m. at the Parkway Shell gas station near Route 32 and the Baltimore- Washington Parkway. Police said the vehicle had been reported stolen.

Last night, acting on a tip, police searched a Jessup motel for a man described by the girl as black, age 20 to 30, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 150 to 160 pounds, with unkempt hair and wearing gray sweat pants and a gray sweat shirt. No arrest was reported.

Principal Joan Valentine's letter, which was was sent home with students, said the school was notified of the incident by police shortly after the girl reported the attack and that the school staff "has been actively involved with the ongoing police investigation."

"As a precaution," the letter said, "additional police presence will be on campus until this matter has been resolved."

Valentine said the safety and security of students and staff is "our primary concern," and added, "I encourage students and their families to take appropriate precautions on the way to and from school."

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