Man arrested for sexually assaulting 86-year-old in woods

COLUMBIA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Howard County police have arrested a man they say sexually assaulted an elderly woman in a wooded area on Sunday.

Michael Lawrence Pickney, 54, of 6502 Overheart Lane in Columbia, is charged with multiple sex offenses, and one count each of assault and kidnapping, according to police.

Police say an 86-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in the woods on the 10600 block of Little Patuxent Parkway around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 15.

The woman reported to police that she was waiting at the bus stop on the 7000 block of Cradlerock Way, when an unknown vehicle pulled up and a man offered her a ride, according to police. The woman got in the car and the suspect proceeded to take her to the location of the assault.

After the two hour assault, the man sped away and the victim walked to a nearby gas station and called 911, according to the news press release.

Police located a black BMW convertible on Overheart Lane and learned it was registered to Pinkney. Surveillance video led police to the vehicle.

Pickney is being held at Howard County Detention Center on no bond, officials said.


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