Ellicott City man, 20, charged in sex assault


November 03, 2006|By Melissa Harris

Howard County police have arrested a 20-year-old Ellicott City man in the Sept. 26 sexual assault of a woman on a Columbia bike path.

Police said yesterday that a detective recognized Ji Hwan Shin of the 2900 block of Brookwood Road as a known sex offender from a description provided by the victim.

According to court documents, Shin had registered as a sex offender with Howard County police after being convicted on two counts of misdemeanor sex abuse in February in Washington. Court records state that Shin had run up to two women and grabbed their breasts.

With his lawyer's assistance, Shin was later able to prove that he was not required to register in Maryland, and police removed his name.

In the Howard County case, Shin has been charged with a fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault. He is accused of grabbing a 23-year-old woman from behind, knocking her to the ground and fondling her about 2:50 p.m. on a bike path in the 6300 block of Tamar Drive.

A bicyclist interrupted the incident. Police had released a sketch of the suspect and arrested Shin at his home late last week. He posted $50,000 bail. His trial is scheduled for Jan. 10.

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