At-large suspect tried to rape 98-year-old Rodgers Forge woman, police say

The 50-year-old man wanted for assaulting a 98-year-old woman at her Rodgers Forge home Saturday also tried to rape his victim, Baltimore County police said Tuesday.

Police have obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect, Paul Earnest Howard Jr., who has not been found and does not have a known fixed address.

Howard faces charges of attempted first-degree rape; third-degree sex offense; first-degree assault and theft of less than $100, police said.

Firefighters responded to a medical alert call at 7:46 p.m. Saturday to the home in the 200 block of Gaywood Road in the Gaywood neighborhood, where they found the victim lying on the floor inside. The woman told police she had been thrown to the ground by a man claiming to be selling home-improvement services.

Howard has been charged in the past. Most recently, he was charged with burglary and related counts in October, but the charges were dropped, according to online court records. His public defender in that case declined to comment Tuesday afternoon. He received a three-year sentence for burglary in August 2006.

Police called Howard "a danger to the community" are asking the public to call 410-307-2020 to report any information on his whereabouts.

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