2021 | Courts

Silver Spring man acquitted of raping, robbing woman at apartment building

Man pleaded guilty to similar charges in D.C. this year

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A jury last week acquitted a Silver Spring man accused of sexually assaulting and robbing a woman in the hallway of an apartment complex.

Demitrious Harriott was accused in November 2019 of meeting a woman at the Summit Hills apartments on 16th Street in Silver Spring. Police said at the time that Harriott allegedly pushed her into a hallway, sexually assaulted her and slammed her head into a concrete wall before stealing her cellphone and fleeing.

He had allegedly met the woman on a dating app.

Harriott was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree assault and robbery.

The case proceeded through Montgomery County Circuit Court for nearly two years before going to trial last week.

Lauren DeMarco, a spokeswoman for the State’s Attorney’s Office wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Monday that the jury acquitted Harriott of all charges.

DeMarco said prosecutors were “extremely disappointed in that decision,” noting that Harriott this year pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges stemming from a case in Washington, D.C.

Harriott, 26, pleaded guilty in March to misdemeanor sexual abuse and theft in the D.C. case. He was ordered to pay the victim $100, and was given credit for jail time served prior to trial. No additional jail time was included in his sentence.

According to court records in the D.C. case, Harriott sexually assaulted a woman on Sept. 16, 2020, at a hotel, then took her phone before fleeing the scene. He left his phone in the hotel room and was arrested when he returned to retrieve it, according to court records.

Demitrious allegedly met the woman on a “social media app,” on which she “provides services and receives monetary donations for her services,” court documents said. The pair agreed to “hang out” and when Harriott arrived, he allegedly assaulted the woman, authorities said.

He was originally charged with first-degree sexual abuse and robbery, both felonies, in the D.C. case, but agreed to a plea deal with lesser charges.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com