Baltimore County police said today they have found a sweat-shirt believed to belong to a man wanted in the alleged rape of a 90-year-old woman in Cockeysville last week.
According to police, a man knocked on the door of the woman's home in the 10500 block of Howard Ave. between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. last Thursday. When she answered, the man asked her for a light for his cigarette and then forced his way into her home and raped her on her bed, police said.
The man robbed the woman of her purse and an undisclosed amount of cash. The woman was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center and was later released, police said.
"This is an elderly woman who was probably a trusting soul who was trying to help someone out, and she was taken advantage of," said Michael Hill, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department. "This isn't an area plagued with problems. This is extremely unusual."
The suspect is described as a black male in his mid-30s, about 6 feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds. He has a medium build and is clean-shaven, with short, dark hair, police said. He was wearing a red, hooded sweat-shirt over a T-shirt with a number in the front center of it, dark pants and shoes, according to police.
The sweat-shirt was found near the area of the rape, authorities said today. They believe that the suspect may have taken off the sweat-shirt after raping the woman.
Police are looking for any witnesses who may have seen the suspect in the area of Howard Avenue between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020, the sex crimes unit at 410-887-2223, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.
Sun reporter Nick Shields contributed to this article.
Originally published April 4, 2006, 3:21 PM EDT