Police raise reward to $3,000 in rape case in Oakland Mills

August 25, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Howard County Police Department raised the reward to $3,000 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of a man sought in the rape of a 21-year-old woman in Columbia's Oakland Mills village this month.

The woman told police that the unidentified man approached her about 3 p.m. Aug. 6 and engaged her in conversation in the laundry room of an apartment building in the 5700 block of Stevens Forest Road. He then sexually assaulted her, police said.

The woman was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where she was treated and released the same day, police said.

Police described the man as a black male with a dark complexion, 23 to 25 years old, and approximately 6 feet tall. He was heavy-set, clean-shaven and had a short haircut, police said.

Police said they have canvassed neighborhoods and distributed fliers, but they do not have a suspect.

The reward is being offered by Metro Crime Stoppers, which is contributing $2,000, and the Police Department, which added $1,000, a police spokesman said.

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