Police Lieutenant Clark Pennington Says Department Wants Tips, Not Help With Capture

5:04 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA)--Here's a story you don't hear every day.  A woman is allegedly raped by a stranger in Frederick, Maryland. The victim's friends and family spot the suspect and take the law into their own hands. 

The story ends in a convenience store parking lot where bystanders flagged down Frederick Police Sunday night.  They had just witnessed a woman jump out of a moving vehicle.

"This is a very strong, strong woman. She had a will and a desire to get away.  She did what she had to in this case. Obviously leaping from a moving vehicle we believe possibly saved her life," said Frederick Police Lt. Clark Pennington.

According to police, a short time earlier, the woman had been raped in a parking lot. She'd gotten out of her car after a trip to the grocery store.

Added Lt. Pennington, "This case has taken a lot of different twists and turns."

The community helped police identify the suspect, Montrelle Bowie. But the victim's friends and family members got to him the next day before police did.

They spotted him and when he tried to flee, they chased him a block and a half away. A fight broke out, the suspect was stabbed in the back and suffered a minor injury.

"We ask for the assistance of our community to identify and help put us on the right track of suspects. We never want somebody to take that into their own hands. We never want them to confront a suspect. Or confront what we believe is a violent offender," said Lt. Pennington.

Bowie is now behind bars, held without bond. And police are still investigating to determine whether the rape victim's friends and family will face charges. 

Written by Andrea McCarren


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