Police release sketch of park attacker
Montgomery County police have put together a computer-generated likeness of the man they say followed a woman off a bus and tried to drag her into woods in the Wheaton area over the weekend, officials said Monday.
His attack was halted by a passerby who came to the woman's aid, police said.
At 7:23 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to Wheaton Claridge Park, along Claridge Road.
Based on preliminary investigation, police said the victim had boarded a bus at Veirs Mill Road and Connecticut Avenue. The suspect also boarded the bus there, following the victim off the bus at Claridge and Veirs Mill, police said.
As the victim was walking past the entrance to the park, the man "grabbed her and attempted to drag her into the woods," police said.
After another man interrupted the assault, the attacker ran away into the park, police said.
They described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 30 years old, 5'6" tall, with a mustache and thin beard, a medium build, and a medium complexion. He was last seen wearing a black cap, a black zippered jacket, black shirt, black pants, and black shoes.
Police ask anyone with information to call Detective Bates at 240-773-5530, or call a main police number, 301-279-8000.
Detectives also want to speak with the young man who came to victim's aid.
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