Suspect arrested for rape near bus stop 4 years ago

ASPEN HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A suspect was arrested this week for a rape that occurred nearly four years ago near a bus stop in Montgomery County. Police named the suspect as 27-year-old Jose Antonio Quintano-Claros of Rockville.

The sexual assault happened at approximately 12:30 a.m. June 13, 2010. A pregnant woman had just gotten off a bus at bus stop near Veirs Mill and Aspen Hill roads. She was walking when two suspects approached her and dragged her into a wooded area. She was then raped. One of the suspects had a knife and told her they would kill her if she did not follow their orders, say police. The suspects fled with the woman's purse.

A tip led to the identification of Quintano-Claros as a suspect, according to police. They obtained an arrest warrant was issued charging him with first-degree rape and armed robbery. They say he fled the country before they could find him.

Then, investigators recently learned that Quintano-Claros had returned to the United States and on Wednesday, they arrested him in Rockville. During their interview, he admitted to involvement in and provided details of the crime that were not known to the public, say police.

Quintano-Claros was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is currently being held on a $10 million bond.

One of the suspects is still at-large and has not been identified. In 2010, detectives received information that the suspect went by the nickname of "El Brown." He is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-twenties, approximately 5' 5" to 5' 6" tall, and weighing approximately 150 pounds, say police. He has short, dark hair.

At the time of the incident, composites of the two suspects were created and released to the public. The composite of the second suspect was re- released:

Anyone with information about the second suspect or this case is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

There were a series of rapes and sex assaults over a span of months in the area in 2010. Most of the women who were attacked were getting off the bus from work and walking home in the dark. In all of the attacks the women were forced or nearly dragged into the woods.

Three of the cases in Aspen Hill happened within a few blocks of each other. A 30-year-old woman was dragged into the woods and sexually assaulted near Connecticut Avenue and Independence Street in October.A few weeks later, a 52-year-old woman was raped near Georgia and Hewitt Avenues. Earlier, a 42-year-old woman was assaulted at Georgia Avenue and Ralph Road.

In Wheaton, a 27-year-old woman was attacked near Claridge Road and Sea Port Way.


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