Police are seeking suspects in connection with a series of sexual assaults, including a rape that occurred on Sunday, in the Drumcastle-Rodgers Forge section of Baltimore County, police said yesterday. They are asking for the public's help.
Officers from the Towson Precinct and the sex crimes squad will meet with area residents at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rodgers Forge United Methodist Church, 56 Stevenson Lane, to answer questions and offer prevention tips.
The first case occurred May 4 and involved a 23-year-old woman in the Drumcastle area of York Road. A 27-year-old Catonsville woman visiting in Rodgers Forge on May 23 was the second victim.
Police said the women were assaulted as they stepped out of their cars. They were robbed, forced to the ground and fondled. The assailants then fled.
A 30-year-old Rodgers Forge woman was abducted by two men and raped about 3 a.m. Sunday as she arrived home. After the rape, police said the men, one armed with a gun, forced the victim to ride with them in her car to an automatic teller machine at the Mercantile Safe-Deposity & Trust Co. at 5119 Roland Ave., where she withdrew $80 for them. Police said the men then drove her back to where they had kidnapped her and fled.
The suspects are described as in their twenties, and of average build and height. They wore dark clothing.
In the May 4 case, police believe one suspect fled in a gold-colored Mazda hatchback. The attackers wore masks in the next two assaults, police said.
Another rape occurred early yesterday in Rodgers Forge, but police believe it is unrelated to the other cases because the victim was kidnapped in the city, driven to the Dumbarton Elementary School, raped and left there.
In yesterday's attack the victim was abducted at Greenmount Avenue and 25th Street, in the city, and driven to the Dumbarton Elementary School where she was raped.
Police said the victim's attacker was described as a black man in his mid-20s, of heavy build, with short hair and a mustache.
He wore gray overalls and a gray T-shirt, and was driving a late-1980s maroon Chrysler with a Maryland tag that begins with the letters YZZ, police said.
The numbers were not seen.
Police began a door-to-door campaign in Rodgers Forge yesterday to look for information and to discuss the incidents with residents, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, police spokesman.
The campaign is expected to continue today as officers distribute fliers about Thursday's meeting, Sergeant Doarnberger said.
Anyone with information that might be helpful is asked to call police at 887-2198.