UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- As Prince George's County police sift through tips and spread the word about Saturday's horrific sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl in Upper Marlboro, parents in that community are keeping their kids close.
At the Woods of Marlton apartment complex on Heathermore Boulevard, parents say they are noticing a lot less children playing outside.
Melissa Gilmore is a mom who says she's no longer letting her children play outside alone.
"Ever since the incident happened I haven't seen a single child out there playing," she said.
Ciara Bowden is also a mom of two and said, "I keep my kids inside the house with me. I'm sorry, we don't play around this area at all."
It seems the carefree days of summer at this apartment complex are in a virtual lockdown ever since police say a man with a gun took a 7-year-old girl, who lives in this area, into the woods and sexually assaulted her Saturday afternoon.
Bowden is still shocked, "So close to home. I can't believe this would happen to a child. I mean, this guy needs to be put in jail."
Lester Hardy can't believe it either. He said, "As a dad, it's just crazy, the guy, this is something you don't expect to happen out here."
On Tuesday night, Prince George's County Law Enforcement Explorers, a youth group, passed out fliers at a nearby shopping center, while Prince George's County detectives confirm they've been checking out several tips from Crime Solvers. They're hoping a digital sign in the neighborhood with Crime Solvers' phone number will lead to more tips.
The suspect is still on the loose, and parents at the apartment complex want justice, and a return to the way things used to be.
Gilmore sums up the feelings of many: "It's just heartbreaking. Being a mother, that could have been my child out there. "
Detectives are following up on leads to try to identify the man.The man is described as an older white male with a heavy build. He is bald with a goatee-style gray beard.Police ask anyone who was in the area at the time and may have information on this case to call them at 301-772-4908.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or text "PGPD" plus your message to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone. You can also submit a tip at http://www.pgpolice.org. Crime Solvers is offering up to $25,000 for tips that lead to an arrest and indictment in this case.