The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center in Silver Spring. Credit: File Image

A Washington, D.C., man has been charged with trying to rape a woman in the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center in downtown Silver Spring early Thursday morning, Metro Transit police announced.

Tiwan D. Sweet, 38, allegedly tried to force himself on a woman and physically assaulted her around 3 a.m. Thursday as she waited at the transit center, police said in a statement. After the victim yelled for help, Montgomery County police responded. Once Metro Transit police officers arrived to the scene, transit police arrested Sweet.

Sweet was charged with attempted first-degree rape, police said. Court records indicated on Thursday that he was being held without bond. No attorney information was listed.

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