Police Release Composite Image of Gaithersburg Rapist Based on DNA Evidence
Man raped woman near bus stop in October
Montgomery County police released Wednesday a composite image of a man who raped a woman near a Gaithersburg bus stop in October.
A man approached a woman who was waiting for a bus on Watkins Mill Road at Travis Lane at about 5:30 a.m. Oct. 6. He acknowledged her presence, then grabbed her and pulled her to a wooded area, where he raped her, according to police. After he fled, the woman ran from the area and called police.
The composite image is based on DNA collected in the investigation and reveals how the rapist might look, according to police. The analysis suggests the man likely has brown eyes and black hair and is of West African descent.
The woman described the rapist as appearing in his 20s and wearing a dark-colored checkered shirt or jacket, according to police.
Montgomery County police enlisted a Virginia-based technology company, Parabon NanoLabs, to create the composite image by conducting a phenotype analysis of body fluids left by the rapist and approximating his physical characteristics, according to a press release. The results show what the man might look like, but are not intended to be exact.
Police have asked anyone who might recognize the man to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5030 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS, which is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment.