The man wanted in connection with a carjacking and an attempted carjacking in Edgewood Saturday is also suspected in two rapes — one earlier Saturday morning and one in August, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Devon Allen Odell Scott, 36, who is associated with an address in the 3000 block of Deepwater Way in Edgewood. In the warrant, he is charged with carjacking, kidnapping, armed robbery, robbery and first- and second-degree assault, according to Cristie Hopkins, director of media relations for the Sheriff’s Office.
He had not been captured as of Tuesday afternoon, she said.
“We are reaching out to get this suspect’s picture in front of as many people as possible, in hopes that we can locate him quickly and take him into custody," Hopkins said.
"It is rare that we see violent crimes of opportunity perpetrated against people with no known connection occur in our community. These crimes concern us greatly,” she said. “The suspect has resorted to both physical and sexual violence while armed with a weapon. It is imperative that we locate him and stop or prevent another citizen from becoming a victim.”
Deputies were called around 3:20 p.m. Saturday to the parking lot of Food Lion in the 2200 block of Hanson Road in Edgewood.
A 17-year-old woman told police a man, later identified as Scott, approached her and asked her to call him a cab before he allegedly grabbed her arm and tried to get her into a vehicle, according to a news release from the Sheriffs’ Office.
The woman got away and called for help, police said.
Around 3:30 p.m., deputies received a second call from a woman in the 700 block of Monticello Court who said she was kidnapped from the same shopping center.
The 21-year-old woman said Scott approached her in the Food Lion parking lot, allegedly got into the passenger seat of her Chevrolet Traverse, pulled out a knife and forced her to drive to a dead end on Sounding Drive, where Scott told her to stop, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
As Scott began to undress, the woman escaped and called 911. Scott fled in her car, police said.
“We can’t predict what would have happened had she not been able to get away,” Hopkins said.
Deputies and police dogs searched the area with assistance from the Maryland State Police helicopter. The victim’s vehicle was found but Scott was not, police said.
Overnight, investigators identified Scott as the suspect and got a warrant for his arrest.
As they were investigating the carjacking and attempted carjacking, detectives identified Scott as a suspect in a rape that occurred around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Hopkins said.
Details of the incident Saturday are still under investigation and were not available.
Scott was also linked to a fourth victim in a rape that was reported in August.
In the Aug. 5 incident, a 28-year-old woman told deputies at the Sheriff’s Office southern precinct that she had been raped earlier in the day, Hopkins said.
The woman said she picked up Scott in the area of Fulton Avenue in Baltimore, where he flagged her down and asked for a ride. The woman did not know Scott, police said. Once in the vehicle, Scott asked the woman to drive him to the area of Lord Willoughby Way in Edgewood.
When they arrived, Scott allegedly instructed the woman to pull over, displayed a handgun in his lap and demanded money. After allegedly taking her wallet, phone and keys, he ordered the victim to perform sexual acts, Hopkins said.
After Scott allegedly assaulted the victim, he exited the vehicle. The woman summoned help and called 911, Hopkins said.
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Scott is charged in an arrest warrant with first- and second-degree rape, third- and fourth-degree sex offense, first- and second-degree assault, handgun in his vehicle and on his person, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, false imprisonment, indecent exposure, theft $100 to $1,500 and armed carjacking.