Woman sexually assaulted in Elkton
Man broke into home, attacked resident
— Investigators are trying to identify a man who broke into an Elkton-area home on Thanksgiving night — apparently to burglarize the place — and then sexually assaulted a woman after finding her inside the dwelling, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
The man remained on the loose as of Wednesday night, some six days after he forced his way into a residence in the Elkwood Estates neighborhood, south of Elkton, about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and attacked the woman, police reported.
“Initially, it was a burglary, we believe. The suspect sexually assaulted the woman after locating her inside the residence,” said Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman, noting that it isn’t clear if the suspect thought the house was unoccupied before forcing his way into it.
Investigators also haven’t determined if the suspect had targeted the house or if this was a random act, according to Holmes.
The suspect is described as white, approximately 5’10 to 6’ and between 150 to 170 pounds, police said. He has an “obvious Southern
accent” and is believed to be a cigarette smoker, police added.
Right before committing what investigators are calling a “home invasion sexual assault,” the man was seen riding a red XGames bicycle that investigators later recovered from outside the residence, police reported. Investigators believe the bicycle had been stolen but, as of Wednesday night, they had not been able to confirm it, according to Holmes.
“We believe he rode the bike to the residence and left it there when he fled from the scene on foot. Witnesses saw the man fleeing,” Holmes said.
Although the incident occurred nearly a week ago, CCSO officials did not publicize the incident until Wednesday night. CCSO The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identifying a man who was riding this red XGames bicycle shortly before he broke into an Elkton-area home on Thanksgiving night and sexually assaulted a woman.
officials delayed reporting the incident to avoid compromising the investigation, Holmes said, adding that he wasn’t at liberty to specify.
Anyone with information
that might help investigators identify the suspect is asked to call CCSO Det. Tyler Price at 410-392-2124 or email him at email@example.com or private message the agency.