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Gaithersburg man accused of raping, attempting to kill homeless woman

Man has been a registered sex offender since 2011

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A Gaithersburg man was arrested on Monday after allegedly raping and attempting to kill a homeless woman to whom he offered shelter, authorities said.

According to court documents, during the week of Sept. 19, Patrick C. Parker, 32, saw the woman panhandling in downtown Silver Spring and asked her to buy him a beer. She did, and as the pair talked, Parker asked the woman if she was homeless, and when she said yes, he said she could stay at his home in Gaithersburg.

The woman agreed, but said she “did not want to engage in any sexual activity in exchange for staying there,” court records say.

During the night, the woman awoke as Parker was strangling her, then punching her in the head, “which caused pain and disorientation,” according to court documents. He then allegedly sexually assaulted her and continued to choke her.

The woman reported the assaults to police on Monday. She said she struggled with memory problems and remembering “details of things after being struck in the head by Parker.”

She was taken to the hospital, where she underwent a sexual assault forensic examination. She had bruises on her neck, chest and breast, according to court documents.

Parker was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree rape and first-degree assault. Attorney information for Parker was not immediately available.

Parker pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual offense in 2011. According to the Maryland sex offender registry, Parker sexually assaulted a “pre-school aged child” when he was 21 years old.

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