Police released this image of a man wanted in connection with a rape May 27 in Mount Vernon
(Baltimore Police)

Baltimore Police are asking for the public's help to identify a suspect who they say forced a woman into her Mount Vernon home and raped her at knifepoint.

The attack occurred at about 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday in the 900 block of N. Calvert St., police said. The victim was approached by the suspect while walking home from work, and inside her home the suspect demanded her cell phone and money.


After sexually assaulting her, the suspect forced the victim to escort him out of the residence, where he was recorded by video surveillance.

Maj. Melissa Hyatt, commander of the Central District, said there had not been any other similar incidents reported and said police were increasing patrols in the area.

The suspect was described as a black male, standing about 5-foot-7, wearing a dark blue jacket with faded jeans and black shoes. Police said he also wore a "chain with a large medallion." Anyone with information was asked to call 410-396-2076.

About four years ago, police investigated a string of rapes in the Mount Vernon area. In those incidents, a man gained entry through unlocked windows, sometimes after climbing up fire escapes. Hyatt said she couldn't comment on any possible connections to those incidents.

Across the city, 96 rapes have been reported this year, including 12 in the Central District. Overall violent crime is down 16 percent in the district, according to police statistics.