Bel Air Police investigate abduction, attempted sexual assault last week

Bel Air Police say they are investigating an abduction and attempted sexual assault that began on the town's southwest side late the evening of May 14.

At approximately 11 p.m., the victim, a woman in her mid-20s, reported stopping in the area of Marketplace Drive and Route 24 to help a man who was waving for help along the roadside, the Bel Air Police Department said in a news release issued Friday morning.

According to the release, the man forced his way into the victim's car and drove to a location in Abingdon or Edgewood "where he attempted to sexually assault the victim."

The suspect is described as an African American man between 40 and 60 years old. He has a medium build with a medium to dark complexion and short cropped hair. He is approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs between 190 and 200 pounds.

Police said the suspect gave the name "Thomas" and said he was from the Abingdon or Edgewood area.

Bel Air Police Detective Sgt. Jim Lockard could not be reached for more details about the crime.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Lockard, 410-638-4500 or

You may also submit tips to Harford County Crime Solvers, 1-888-540-8477, or to Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, 1-866-756-2587.

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