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Police seek suspect in alleged assault of 7-year-old girl


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Published on: Monday, June 24, 2013

By Jim Davis 

A 7-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at gunpoint around 3 p.m. Saturday in the Marlton section of Upper Marlboro.

A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect approached and sexually assaulted the girl behind a building and then ran away, a Prince George’s County Police Department spokesperson said. The girl had separated from her friends and was riding her scooter down a tree-lined path when a man allegedly forced her into nearby woods at gunpoint, police said.

“Our investigators have done extensive interviews with this young girl and have determined a sexual assault did occur,” PGPD spokesperson Julie Parker said.

The girl ran home and reported the alleged attack to her mother and was taken to a local hospital, police said.

The 8800 block of Hearthmore Boulevard, where the attack occurred, is a mixture of apartment buildings and single-family homes near Crain Highway, a police official said.

Detectives were actively canvassing the area and following up on leads in an effort to identify the suspect, as of Monday. The suspect is described as an older bald white male with a heavy build and a goatee-style gray beard.

Parker said police are calling the alleged incident “disturbing” and “highly unusual.”

With only one witness, investigators are looking for anything that could help them solve the crime, police said.

Police urged people who may have seen something to call PGPD Sexual Assault Unit at 301-772-4908. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, or go to http://www.pgpolice.org to submit a tip online. Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for tips that lead to an arrest and indictment in this case.

“What you might think is nothing can be something to us,” Parker said.

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