Man sought in sexual assault on woman, 70

Home was broken into, car stolen, police say

January 05, 2001|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police were looking yesterday for a man who forced his way into an elderly Glen Burnie woman's home late Wednesday, sexually assaulted her and then stole her car.

Detectives found the 70-year-old woman's vehicle in the Glen Burnie area yesterday afternoon, police said. They would not say where they found it or how far it was from the victim's house in Glenwood.

The car's whereabouts could help detectives sift through tips and become important in finding suspects, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a county police spokesman.

The woman was alone in her house when she was startled by her attacker about 10 p.m., Ravenell said.

She called police after the man fled in her car and was taken to North Arundel Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Police were not releasing the details of how the man got into the woman's house or of the assault. "It's still too early in the investigation," Ravenell said. "We're still out talking to people about the incident."

Several home invasions occurred in the county last year. Usually, they are committed by someone the victim knows and often involve robbery, county detectives have said.

In this case, it appears that the victim didn't know her attacker.

"This was violent act," Ravenell said. "This is not a common incident in Anne Arundel County."

Police ask that anyone with information call the county's criminal investigation division at 410-222-3459 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 to remain anonymous and possibly receive a reward.

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