Anne Arundel police continue search for suspect in abduction of student

Nov. attack alleged to have occurred in Meade High lot

March 12, 2000|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

It's been months since a Meade High School student was abducted at gunpoint from the school parking lot on her way to homeroom and then raped in a neighborhood nearby.

But, police say, they haven't stopped searching for the man who is alleged to have attacked the 17-year-old in mid-November.

"He could be a danger," said Anne Arundel police Sgt. Pam Davis Friday. "We don't know if he'll do it again."

Detectives are asking for help in finding the suspect. "We are hoping someone reads about the case or sees his picture, remembers something and gives us a call," Davis said.

The suspect may have left the area shortly after the attack, which is alleged to have occurred Nov. 18, Davis said, but detectives think he may have returned to the area.

Initially, police received a tip that the suspect was staying at a Jessup motel. But a search of the motel and a canvass of the area turned up nothing, police said.

Investigators also checked to see whether other police departments had similar cases. Last week, at a regional law enforcement meeting, Anne Arundel detectives reminded investigators from surrounding jurisdictions that the case remains open, Davis said.

The victim -- whose name is being withheld to protect her -- told police she was parking her van before school when a man in a silver Camaro pulled up behind her. The driver approached her on foot, implied he had a gun and ordered her to move to the passenger seat, according to police reports of the attack.

He eventually drove the student to a residential area near the school, where he is alleged to have raped her. Afterward, he pushed her out of the van, police said.

Police said witnesses saw the student being driven from the school by her attacker, and others say they saw her being pushed out of her van afterward.

The girl's attacker returned the van to the school parking lot and drove away in the Camaro. A car matching the description had been reported stolen and was later found at a gas station near Route 32 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, police said.

But investigators were never able to confirm it was the car the suspect had driven.

The suspect, who police believe was a stranger to the victim, is described as a black male, age 20-30, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds to 160 pounds, with unkempt hair, and bumps or acne on his face.

He wore dingy clothes and had a strong odor.

Davis said the police continue to patrol the area and work with military police and high school administrators.

Abductions from schools and student rapes are rare, especially in Anne Arundel County, Davis said.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call detectives at 410-222-3470 or Metro Crime Stoppers, for a possible reward, at 410-276-8888.

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