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Police Investigate Sexual Assault in Bethesda

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 22, 2012

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are investigating a sexual assault that occurred last night on the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda.

At 7:13 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2nd District officers and the Maryland National-Capital Park Police (Montgomery County Division) responded to a call for an assault in the 4900 block of Brookeway Drive in Bethesda.  Responding officers met with a 21-year-old female who stated that she had been running on the trail between MacArthur Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue at approximately 7:00 p.m. when she stopped to allow a group of deer cross the trail.  While she was stopped, she was struck on her head from behind by the suspect and lost consciousness for a short time.  When she regained consciousness, she found herself on the ground and off the trail in the woods.   She was able to walk back to the trail and verbally call for help.  A 40-year-old male jogger heard her and assisted her off the trail to Brookeway Drive where they asked a homeowner to call police.

The victim was transported to a hospital with a head injury and remains in the hospital this morning.  She is in serious but stable condition and has been able to speak with detectives.  She has described her attacker as a white male in his 20's and wearing dark clothing.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crime to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

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Release ID: 12-265
Media Contact: mcpnews 
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