Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Homicide/Sex Section continue to investigate the sexual assaults that occurred on June 19, 2010, August 21, 2010, and January 5, 2011, in Germantown, which are believed to be committed by the same suspect. Today the Founder and President of the Victims’ Rights Foundation, W. Gregory Wims, announced a reward of up to $4,000 for the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect responsible. For the first time the two victims of these assaults spoke out about their traumatic experiences. # # #
Contact: Media Services Division Phone: 240.773.5030
Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is currently offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect responsible for these felony crimes. The Victims’ Rights Foundation now offers an additional up to $4,000 reward. Anyone with information about the identity and/or location of the suspect can call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. To be eligible for a reward calls can be placed anonymously toll free to 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or to 240-773-8477. Anonymous tips can also be provided by typing “MCPD” plus the tip on a cell phone or PDA and texting it to 274637 (CRIMES).
The following is a recap of the incidents from the most recent to the first:
At approximately 12:58 a.m. on January 5, 2011, 5th District officers responded to an apartment in the 20300 block of Beaconfield Terrace in Germantown for the report of an attempted rape that had just occurred. The preliminary investigation revealed that the 68-year-old female victim was in her bed when the male suspect entered her apartment and sexually assaulted her. After the assault, the suspect fled and the victim contacted police.
The suspect was described as a black male or a dark-skinned Hispanic male, 5’10” tall, weighing approximately 145 pounds. He appeared to be 16 to 25 years old and had no facial hair. At the time of the assault he was wearing a dark shirt and dark pants.
The now 69-year-old resident was previously the victim of a rape on June 19, 2010, under similar circumstances and reported to investigators that she believed the same suspect was responsible for both assaults.
Additionally, on August 21, 2010, an 86-year-old woman reported being raped in her residence in the 21000 block of Father Hurley Boulevard in Germantown. That residence is across the street from the two events that occurred on Beaconfield Terrace.
The August 21, 2010, assault was reported at 4:15 a.m. via a Life Alert call from that location. The responding officers learned that the now 87-year-old woman, who lived in the assisted living complex, had been the victim of a physical and sexual assault. At that time the investigation revealed that the unknown male suspect had gained entry through an unlocked window. The victim was in bed at the time of the assault, and the suspect fled out the window at the conclusion of the assault. The victim was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect for that event was described as a black male or dark-skinned Hispanic male, between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, 5’8” to 5’9” tall, with a thin build, and no facial hair. He was wearing black jeans at the time of the assault.
It was determined by detectives that the previous June and August incidents were committed by the same suspect. Investigators believe that the same suspect is responsible for the January assault as well.