O.C. police seek help identifying suspected sexual predator

Women are warned against walking home alone late at night, especially after drinking

August 02, 2012|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun

Police are searching for a man suspected in a string of attempted sexual assaults this summer in Ocean City.

Ocean City Police said the suspect is a white male, approximately 5'10", about 170 pounds, and in his mid-20s to early 30s.

The alleged assaults have taken place in dimly lit, semi-secluded areas near local bars. In each incident, a woman was under the influence of alcohol and walking home alone when the suspect started up a conversation, police said. Once he begins talking to the victim, the man then forces her to the ground and attempts to sexually assault her. The most recent attempt occurred July 28.

Police are warning visitors and residents to avoid excessive alcohol use and to be aware of their surroundings. Women should use the buddy system when going out at night and avoid walking alone unless it is in a highly traveled public area, police said.

Anyone with information about similar incidents or the identity of the suspect is asked to call Det. Simpson of the Ocean City’s Criminal Investigation Division at 410-520-5349. Those providing information may remain anonymous.

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