86-Year-Old Sexually Assaulted in Columbia, Police Say

Police seek help in identifying the suspect in a sexual assault case.

Anyone with information may contact police at 410-313-STOP.
Anyone with information may contact police at 410-313-STOP.
The Howard County Police Department is investigating a sexual assault reported in Columbia over the weekend.

An 86-year-old woman was waiting at a bus stop in the 7000 block of Cradlerock Way at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday when a stranger offered her a ride, according to police.

After the woman got into the car and explained where to go, the man turned into an empty parking lot at a business complex in the 10600 block of Little Patuxent Parkway, police said.

The man parked the vehicle, pulled her from the car and sexually assaulted her in nearby woods, according to the report.

Afterward, the woman walked to a gas station nearby, where a customer dialed 911, police said.

The victim was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where she received treatment for her injuries and was released, according to the report.

"Despite the victim’s best efforts since the incident, she has not been able to provide detectives with specific details about the suspect or his vehicle," police said in a statement Wednesday.

"The 86-year-old victim has described the suspect as possibly a black male in his 40s, driving a dark convertible sedan with light interior, possibly tan or beige," according to the statement.

Anyone with information may contact police at 410-313-STOP.
Polly June 19, 2014 at 08:38 AM
For crying out loud, seriously, how damned depraved does a man need to be to sexually assault a senior?? They are to be protected not abused!!! I'm just so sick of these perverts that assault/abuse our seniors, children & disabled, to name a few. When this POS is located, just lock him up..........forever!
Colliemom June 19, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Wonder if there's more to this story, seems odd a on a couple of fronts.
Colliemom June 19, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Good work HCPD - caught a suspect using surveillance pics. I hope the elderly lady is okay, maybe will get some extra help if needs it.
Elizabeth Janney June 19, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Here is the update. A Columbia man has been charged: http://columbia.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/columbia-man-charged-in-sexual-assault-of-86yearold-woman-police


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