Police search for information in county rape, home invasions

November 20, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore County police officers traversed York Road yesterday, talking with Lutherville merchants and knocking on residents' doors in search of information about a man who raped one woman and tied up another during two home invasions Tuesday morning.

The officers also distributed fliers with a sketch of the man, who raped a 35-year-old woman, tied her up and then broke into a neighbor's house a few blocks away. The second victim, a 66-year-old woman, also was tied up, but was not sexually assaulted, police said.

Both women were able to free themselves and call police. The home invasions were reported about 20 minutes apart - the first about 10:40 a.m. in the 1600 block of Pickett Road and the second about 11 a.m. in the first block of Seminary Ave.

Police said yesterday that they later discovered a house in the 1500 block of Pickett Road also had been broken into on Tuesday. Because the resident of that house wasn't home, it was unclear what time the burglary had occurred. The burglar forced the front door open and took cash, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

The sketch was based on the women's descriptions of the assailant, who they said was a black man in his 30s, 6 feet tall, weighing 180 to 190 pounds with a scruffy-looking beard, police said. He was wearing dark clothing and may have been carrying a backpack.

Police ask anyone with information to call 410-307-2020.

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