Police: Rapist targeting elderly woman could be behind recent Montgomery incidents

Local,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

Detectives in Montgomery County believe that a suspect in three sexual assaults of elderly women might also be responsible for a series of burglaries and suspicious incidents.

The more recent incidents started in August 2011. According to police:

-- On Aug. 28, 2011, a man entered a woman's Gaithersburg apartment through the back bedroom window, forced her to perform a sexual act, and fled. The suspect was described as a black male, 20 to 28 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, and 160 to 170 pounds.

-- On Sept. 2 of this year, a 50-year-old woman went to the front door of her Germantown home and found a male suspect inside her residence, holding a knife. She was cut by the knife during a struggle. The suspect was described as a black male, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, and 160 to 170 pounds.

-- On Sept. 22, a male subject was seen looking into a first-floor apartment in Gaithersburg.

These three incidents have not been definitively linked to each other, but police believe that it is possible that they were committed by the suspect in three earlier sexual assaults, two of which involved the same victim.

-- On Jan. 5, 2011, a Germantown woman, then 68, told police that the suspect entered her apartment when she was in bed and sexually assaulted her. The woman had previously been sexually assaulted on June 19, 2010 and believed that the same person was responsible for both incidents.

-- On Aug. 21, 2010, a then 86-year-old woman who lived near the twice sexually assaulted woman was sexually assaulted in her bed, police said.

Anyone with information can call police at 240-773-5070. People can also call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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