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Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Police exploring whether Pr. George’s home invasion connected to Montgomery County incidents

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A woman was sexually assaulted by a man who forced his way into her home Temple Hills home Friday morning, and investigators are exploring whether it might be connected to two similar home invasion incidents in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County authorities said.

The incident occurred about 6:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of Berkley Street, authorities said. Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, a Prince George’s County police spokesman, said the woman first spotted the man when she went outside to warm up her car and promptly went back inside — suspicious that he might be up to no good. That’s when the man forced his way into the house, armed with a handgun, Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the man bound several other people inside, then took the woman to a separate room, where he sexually assaulted her. He left in the woman’s car, a 2008 white, four-door Honda Civic with the Maryland license plate 6AE9788, Rodriguez said.

By last night police said they had recovered the car but were still searching for the man. Rodriguezdescribed him as black, about 25 to 30 years old and weighing about 170 pounds. The man was wearing glasses, a brown plaid button down shit, a gray sweatshirt, light blue jeans and black shoes, Rodriguez said. He had a chipped front tooth, and was carrying a green canvass grocery bag, Rodriguez said.

The incident comes on the heels of two similar cases in Montgomery County, and police said they are exploring possible connections.

 On Wednesday, a housekeeper was tied up and sexually assaulted just after she arrived to work in the in the 9200 block of Bardon Road in Bethesda. In that case, the suspect stole a debit card and used the housekeeper’s Ford Expedition to get away, according to police. He also tied up the homeowner and the homeowner’s teenage son, police said.

And on Tuesday, a woman who had just entered the garage of her home in the 2900 block of McMahon Road in Wheaton was robbed of cash and her debit card, police said. In that case, too, the suspect fled in the victim’s car, police said.

Earlier this week, Montgomery County police released a photo of a man they believe was involved in the Bethesda and Wheaton incidents. Rodriguez said investigators from both jurisdictions were talking, trying to determine if the same man might be responsible for all three incidents.

Post reporter Clarence Williams contributed to this report.

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Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Sex Crimes, Montgomery

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