Woman sex­u­ally as­saulted in Elk­ton

Man broke into home, at­tacked res­i­dent

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

ELK­TON

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 tyler.price@ccdps.org or pri­vate mes­sage the agency.

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