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Posted at 2:17 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Sketch of Md. rape suspect released

By Dan Morse

Montgomery County police have created a computer-generated likeness of the man they say raped a 52-year-old woman early Saturday morning in a wooded area off Georgia Avenue in the Aspen Hill area.

According to preliminary investigation results, the woman was walking north next to Georgia Avenue shortly before 1 a.m.

Ingmar Guandique
A sketch of the suspect. (Montgomery Police)

As she approached Hewitt Avenue, she crossed Georgia to the southbound side of the street, and continued walking north along the sidewalk. At that point, police said, she was accosted by a man who forced her into a wooded area, raped her, and fled on foot.

Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 5' 5" tall, with a medium build. He appeared to be in his 20s. He has very short black hair, possibly in a "crew-cut" style. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and, possibly a beige shirt or jacket, police said.

Detectives said anyone with information can call 240-773-5070. Those who want to remain anonymous or be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 can call 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

By Dan Morse  | November 22, 2010; 2:17 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery, Sex Crimes  
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Comments

God that is terrible. Better go back to the sketch artist. At least they can produce a sketch that won't bias the jury pool into believing the suspect suffers from some congenital birth defect.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 22, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Sanctuary policies give you sanctuary problems.....maybe your grandma is next.

Posted by: jeffreid2 | November 22, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

blasmaic,

You probably know it's a digital "sketch."

The police work with the victim and a computer program that provides variations of different facial/head components -- eyes, nose, mouth, chin, hair, etc. It looks to me like these image components originate from actual photographs of human models. I don't know how the program attempts to seamlessly combine these elements, but that would be interesting to find out.

So it's just a program that builds composites based on victim/eyewitness feedback. Many of the combinations are almost inevitably going to look unnatural or worse. The final composite image could be wildly inaccurate, as you imply. And if a "sketch" coincidentally resembles a real -- and innocent -- person, then that's another awful scenario.

The authorities' best chances for catching the rapist would depend on whether medical personnel were able to collect a rape kit and whether the attacker's DNA just happens to be in a law enforcement DNA database (e.g. the famous CODIS).

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | November 23, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse


If you will go to the www.aspenhillnet.net Wiki and contrast and compare this composite with the composite from the June 13 incident -- also within yards of an intersection of the Matthew Henson State Park Hiker Biker Trail and a major arterial street -- you will see that it's almost certainly the same individual involved in both cases.

In a recent comparable case at Connecticut Avenue and Independence Street in Aspen Hill (right at the hiker biker trail, more or less) they didn't release a sketch of the suspect, although they said he'd probably be walking weird, since his intended victim foiled him by biting him on the crotch.

Since the name "Aspen Hill Rapist" is already applied to Tim Buzbee (now serving something like 10 sentences of consecutive forevers), I dub this critter "the Woodlands Rapist(s)". He always attacks near a wooded area and always tries to drag his victims into those woods.

He's definitely one sick puppy.

There's one drawback to the _Post_ policy of not naming or even giving much of a description of the victims. Evidently he's not too concerned with their ages, since he's assaulted a 26-YO, a 25-YO and a 52-YO. But it would be helpful to know if he only attacks black women, white women, "latino" women (Korean women would beat him up). If he's only attacking black women or white women (which would make him not just a rapist but a hate-crime racist), what color hair and hair style, so that this "type" of woman knows to be extra special cautious. Similarly if he only assaults "latinas" with long hair, short hair, skinny ones, fat ones, whatever.

In any case, the ladies need to be careful to not be on foot near woods in Aspen Hill after midnight.

And what is it about Aspen Hill that it has so many rapists and victims?

Posted by: thardman | November 25, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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