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Detectives Investigating Rape in Wheaton; Surveillance Photograph of Suspect Released

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Detectives from the Montgomery Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are investigating the rape of an adult female that occurred on the night of November 22 in Wheaton.  Investigators are releasing a surveillance photograph of the suspect and are asking anyone with information about his identity to come forward to the Police Department.

On Monday, November 23, shortly after midnight, 4th District officers responded to the report of a sexual assault that had just occurred in the area of Georgia Avenue and Reedie Drive in Wheaton.  SVID detectives were notified and began an investigation.

Detectives learned that the victim was with a friend at Wheaton Veterans Park located at 11200 Amherst Avenue.  The victim walked to the Safeway grocery store located at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Reedie Drive to use the bathroom.  When the victim exited the bathroom, the suspect grabbed her by the hand and forced her to exit the store with him.  Once they were outside, the suspect pulled the victim to an unknown area and raped her.

The victim found her friend and they called 911.

Surveillance video captured the suspect leading the victim out of the store.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20 to 30 years old, with short curly black hair.  He is approximately 5'8" tall and 150 to 160 pounds.  He has tattoos on both arms and one of the tattoos is lettering on his forearm.  He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, gray pants, and a green jacket.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at (240) 773-5050.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), online, or via the Crime Solvers app.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Release ID: 20-471
Media Contact: Rebecca Innocenti 
Categories: sexual-offense