Suspect arrested in Northwest Branch trail rape

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police are investigating a rape that occurred on a trail Monday afternoon.

Police said Friday they have made an arrest in the case, Andrea McCarren reports.

No further information has been released about the suspect.

Police say they responded to the Northwest Branch trail at approximately 4:15 p.m. to investigate the report of a rape.

Officials released the composite sketch of the suspect on Wednesday,

A woman in her 20's told police that she was running on the trail when she was approached by a man armed with a knife. The man then forced her off the trail, raped her and then fled, say police. The woman then called police.

Officials describe the suspect as being "a Hispanic male in his mid-twenties who is 5′ 10″ to 6′ tall. He has a medium build, a medium complexion, and short black hair." On Monday, he was wearing a blue baseball cap, a white t-shirt, and black pants. His shirt may have a light blue logo on it.

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Police said on Tuesday that the trail in general, is a "very safe" trail. The last major incident in the area was a robbery that occurred a year and a half ago, say police.

The trail was checked the morning of the incident. Police are planning to patrol the trail on bikes, foot and on ATVs.

Anyone with information about this crime or suspect is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

In addition, a family member of the victim has contributed $10,000 to the reward money being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect involved in this incident.


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