Update: Possible Rape Reported in Gaithersburg

Victim told police that a man grabbed her at bus stop, forced her into wooded area



This story was updated at 12:55 p.m. on Oct. 6 to clarify the allegation and investigation and to add further details from police.

Montgomery County police said a woman reported Friday morning that she was sexually assaulted and possibly raped while she waited for a bus in Gaithersburg.

A call reporting an attack in the area of Watkins Mill Road and Travis Lane came in at 6:12 a.m., said Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti, a police spokeswoman.

Police said in a press release that the woman was at a bus stop there at about 5:30 a.m. A man approached her and acknowledged her, then grabbed her and pulled her toward a wooded area next to the bus stop, the press release said. Innocenti said it does not appear that the victim knew the man.

The man sexually assaulted the woman, then fled, police said. The woman ran from the area and called police. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The attacker was described as a black man in his 20s, wearing a dark checkered shirt or jacket.

County police from the 6th District and Gaithersburg police responded, along with a K-9 unit, the Forensic Services Section and the Special Victims Investigation Division.

Innocenti said a K-9 helped police zero in more on where the crime might have been committed.

Police have asked anyone with information about the attack to call them at 240-773-5050. People may provide information anonymously by calling Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 866-411-8477. Crime Solvers offers up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest and/or indictment.

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