Man sought after woman is raped in UMBC woods


Police are looking for a man who raped a woman on the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus last month.

The 34-year-old victim, a nearby resident, was attacked about 4 p.m. Sept. 10 in a wooded area on the eastern edge of campus as she walked her two dogs, authorities said.

The woman eventually was able to escape from her assailant and hide in the woods until he left the area.

UMBC officials yesterday released a composite sketch of the rapist in the hope of developing leads in the month-old case.

They noted that a man fitting the description of the rapist grabbed another woman Aug. 24 as she walked in the West Hills student housing complex on the north edge of the campus. University officials say the same man may be responsible for both incidents.

Campus officials warned yesterday that rapes can happen almost any place and that students should take precautions.

"There is a mistaken impression that a campus is a sanctuary," said Susan Kitchen, vice president for student affairs.

There were five rapes and 18 aggravated assaults reported on the UMBC campus the last three years, according to statistics released by the university.

Meanwhile, Towson State University police are still searching for a man who attempted to rape a 21-year-old student in the Lida Lee Tall education building on that campus. The attack occurred in the afternoon Oct. 8. It was the first reported rape attempt at Towson since a student was raped in a campus garage in November 1990.

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