Man sought in kidnap, sexual assault of girl

13-year-old was abducted Friday in White Marsh

December 07, 2006|By Nick Shields | Nick Shields,sun reporter

Baltimore County police were searching for a man accused of kidnapping, blindfolding and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl Friday evening in the White Marsh area.

Police said the incident, which began at a park-and-ride lot near the White Marsh Mall, appears to have been a random attack. The girl told investigators that she was driven to a home and sexually assaulted, and then driven back to the parking lot, police said.

County police spokesman Bill Toohey said police had "no evidence of any prior relationship" between the girl and her attacker.

"In Baltimore County, someone randomly being grabbed off the street is very unusual," he added.

Police said the girl lives near White Marsh Mall and was apparently walking home alone when she was attacked. She told investigators she was walking through the Maryland Transit Administration park-and-ride lot at the corner of Honeygo Boulevard and White Marsh Boulevard about 8 p.m. when a man approached her from behind, grabbed her and forced her to the ground, county police said.

The girl said she was forced into a car and blindfolded, police said. She told police the man drove for about 15 minutes before he took her to a residence at an unknown location, where he sexually assaulted her.

After about 10 or 15 minutes, the girl said, the man took her back to his car and returned to the park-and-ride lot. There, he let her out of the car, told her to cover her eyes when he removed the blindfold, and drove off, police said. The girl then ran to the mall and told a security officer of the incident.

Yesterday, the girl was able to provide enough information for a composite sketch of the man, county police said. He was described as in his 40s, about 6 feet tall, balding, with a heavy build, county police said.

The sprawling park-and-ride lot is between White Marsh Boulevard and the Ikea store near the mall. It includes a bus stop.

Jessica Bloom, a spokeswoman for White Marsh Mall, referred questions to the county police.

County police would not say whether surveillance cameras captured any part of the incident.

"We are not talking about evidence we might have or not have," Toohey said.

Police said they had no eyewitnesses to the abduction and were hoping that anyone who might have seen anything suspicious in the parking lot Friday evening will come forward. They also hope that any residents who might have seen the man walking the girl into the home will contact them.

Anyone with information was asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP. Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

nicholas.shields@baltsun.com

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