ROCKVILLE, MD (WUSA9) - In Rockville, one community was on edge Tuesday after a woman said she was raped at knifepoint by someone she knew just before 7:00 a.m. Meanwhile Montgomery County Police told WUSA9 that they have made contact with the person accused of rape by phone, although no charges have been filed.
The incident allegedly took place at Trumbo park, located by the intersection of Park Road and Grandin Avenue.
According to the alleged victim, a 22-year old woman, the incident began a few blocks away from the park at the Rockville Metro Station, where she was waiting for a bus.
The woman told police that she saw a man she recognized who was an "acquaintance," and for unknown reasons, the two decided to walk toward Trumbo Park. According to the woman, the suspect pulled out a knife and raped her when they arrived at the park.
Timothy Mills said he saw police activity outside of his window just before 7:00 a.m.
"When I looked out my window this morning," he said. "I saw an immense amount of Law Enforcement outside. So I went outside and questioned and asked them what was going on."
While a lot of questions still remain, community member Samantha Wright said it is concerning.
"I was talking to my dad earlier," she said. "When we went by, and he was saying 'there's no price on safety, so you should really invest in pepperspray.' Cause you never know."
The incident has some neighbors calling for better lighting in the park. That's despite the fact that sunrise was at 6:54 Tuesday morning, and so it's unclear just how dark it was at the time of the alleged incident. Mills said he's been calling for better lighting for a long time.
"This could easily continue," he said. "And it probably will continue unless we take steps and measures to prevent this."