Howard County police were searching yesterday for a Ellicott City man charged in the attempted rape last week of a 14-year-old girl in the laundry room of an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Oak Green Circle in Ellicott City.
Fermin Aseituno Mejia, 42, of the 3200 block of Normandy Woods Drive has been charged with attempted second-degree rape, third- and fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and indecent exposure.
Police said the girl was walking to her family's apartment at 2:15 p.m. Aug. 22 when Mejia grabbed her and pushed her into a laundry room, where he fondled and sexually assaulted her. The victim escaped and reported the incident to her mother, who contacted police.
Police said they believe Mejia is attempting to flee the country and are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Howard County police can be reached at 410-313-3200.