Police seeking suspect in rape of Union Bridge woman Friday; Man was in back seat of victim's unlocked car


Carroll County authorities are looking for a suspect in the rape of a woman in a remote area early Friday after she left work in Union Bridge.

The 30-year-old woman, who is not being identified to protect her privacy, described the suspect to state police as white, between 20 and 30 years old. She said the man was thinly built, about 6 feet tall, and 160 pounds. He was unshaven, disheveled, had short blond hair, and wore a T-shirt and cut-off blue jeans.

According to state police, the woman's unlocked car was parked outside her place of employment before she left work about 3: 10 a.m. The man came up from the back seat and forced her to drive to a remote location where he assaulted her.

The woman was treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released, state police said.

Sgt. Ronald Mosko, supervisor of the Carroll County's Child Abuse Sexual Assault (CASA) unit, said the woman didn't know the man but may have seen him at her job a few times.

Major crimes are uncommon in Union Bridge, said Carroll Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning, who lives in the western Carroll town of 1,000 near the Frederick County border.

The last killing in Union Bridge occurred more than 15 years ago, at a Main Street restaurant, and a stabbing took place a couple of years ago, he said. But Tregoning, a former barracks commander for the state police in Frederick, said he could not recall the last time a rape occurred.

Mayor Perry Jones, 47, a lifelong Union Bridge resident, said he could not remember a rape ever occurring in Union Bridge.

Anyone with information should call the CASA unit at 410-876-4382.

Pub Date: 9/08/99

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