Man Charged with Raping Woman He’d Met Outside Rockville Metro Station

Man Charged with Raping Woman He’d Met Outside Rockville Metro Station

Gaithersburg man is accused of holding knife against the woman’s throat during sexual assault

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Terrance D. Zimmerman

Montgomery County Police Department

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on charges of raping a woman he encountered at the Rockville Metro station last week.

Montgomery County detectives reported that a pair of men—one of them identified as Terrance D. Zimmerman—walked up to the woman while she was standing outside the Hungerford Drive transit station July 28. One of the men struck up a conversation with her, and the two exchanged phone numbers, according to police.

The woman and Zimmerman left the station and walked behind a home on MacArthur Drive in Rockville. Once there, Zimmerman brought out a folding knife and held it against the woman’s throat as he sexually assaulted her, police reported. When he removed the knife from her neck, the woman ran away, according to authorities.

A short time later, she got a phone call and text messages from the man who had attacked her, according to authorities. She didn’t respond.

She reported the rape to police July 30, and investigators traced the phone number to Zimmerman, according to police. Video surveillance from the Metro station also showed a man of Zimmerman’s appearance walking away with the woman, the report stated.

Police on Wednesday arrested Zimmerman at his Gaithersburg home and charged him with first-degree rape. When he was taken into custody, he was wearing a hat that looked like one worn by the man shown in the Metro surveillance footage, according to police. During an interview with detectives, Zimmerman said he’d engaged in sexual activity with the woman, authorities said.

Zimmerman is being held without bond in the Montgomery County jail. His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 31.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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