Arundel woman raped while taking out trash, police say

Anne Arundel County police are investigating the reported rape of a 23-year-old woman Monday night in Laurel.

Officers responded about 7 p.m. to the 8100 block of Scenic Meadow Drive, where the victim told police she had walked behind her apartment building to throw out trash, and a man standing in nearby bushes followed her.

According to police, the man grabbed her and threatened her with a weapon before sexually assaulting her and fleeing. Officers searched the area with a K-9 unit but did not find the assailant.

Police released only a vague description of the assailant, saying the man was about six feet tall and 250 pounds with a "chunky" build, and was wearing a maroon hooded sweatshirt with dark colored sweatpants and white shoes. The man also had facial hair and razor bumps, and may be in his early 30's, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Jack Hartzell of the department's sex offense unit at 410-222-3750 or county police at 410-222-8610.

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