State Police seeking to identify possible witness of jogging trail rapist

Walkersville Rapist

Walkersville Rapist

POLICE INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE LINK IN FREDERICK CO.  SEXUAL ASSAULTS AND DEVELOP POTENTIAL WITNESS

(WALKERSVILLE, MD) –Investigators have identified numerous similarities between a sexual assault that occurred along a jogging path in Frederick County two weeks ago and another case which occurred in the same area in November 2013, while developing the description of a witness who may have been in the area when both assaults occurred.
Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Command have developed a possible link between the sexual assault that occurred in the Walkersville Community Park on April 6, 2014 and another sexual assault which occurred in the same park on November 10 of last year.  The victim in the earlier incident has been contacted and confirms a similar description of the suspect.
The November incident also has many other similarities to the recent attack.  The attack occurred on a Sunday around noon. The victim, a 57 year old female, was walking through the community park with her three year old grandson when she was attacked from behind by the suspect.  She was able to fight off her attacker and escape.
State police investigators have also developed a description of a potential witness to the most recent assault.  During multiple interviews, people in the area have placed a young adult African American male riding a black bike in the area of the park at the time of the April 6 attack.  He is also known to ride throughout the Walkersville area.  Investigators would like to identify and speak with this person.  It is believed he has information vital to this case.
State police continue to search for the suspect in both assaults.  He is still described as a young adult African American male about, 5’6” to 5’ 8” tall, 150 pounds, with a thin build.  He has a dark complexion with a very short, even-cut hair style and little to no facial hair.  At the time of the assault, he was wearing light khaki cargo shorts, with a long-sleeved gray shirt with black block-style lettering on it.
Anyone recognizing the young man riding the bike, or the description of the suspect, or has any information regarding these assaults is encouraged to contact the Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack at 301-600-4150 or contact Sgt. Rick Bachtell of the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division at 443-463-2164.  Callers may remain anonymous.

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