Knife-wielding kidnapper sought in attempted rape


Police investigators are hoping to identify the man who kidnapped and tried to rape a teen-age girl last week.

The 17-year-old girl told police she was standing at a bus stop on Ritchie Highway near Second Avenue at 5:10 p.m. Aug. 16 when a man in a red pickup truck stopped and told her he was a county sheriff's deputy.

He said he was trying to locate an address in the area so that he could serve the criminal court summons. When the girl asked why he was not in a marked police car, he said he had just finished working out at a gym and thought he would stop by the neighborhood on the way home.

After she spoke with him, the girl accepted a ride home. The man drove for about 40 minutes, through Curtis Bay, Pasadena and to Route 97, before taking out a knife and demanding that she take her clothes off, police said.

The girl grabbed the knife out of his hand, and the two began struggling as he continued south on Route 97. During the struggle, she managed to throw the knife out the passenger window.

As he left Route 97 at the Route 178 exit, the girl jumped out of the car and tumbled down a hill. A couple picked her up and drove her home, where she called police.

The girl was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was treated for a stab wound to her leg and injuries she received when jumping from the car, police said.

She described the man as white and in his middle to late 20s. He had a muscular build and short "salt and pepper" hair.

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