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The article incorrectly identified Diane Richardson as a Prince George's County police spokeswoman. She is a spokeswoman for the Charles County police.

Man Charged in Charles With Attacking Woman Whose Craigslist Ad He Answered

Kelvin Cousar, 36.
Kelvin Cousar, 36. (Courtesy of Charles County Sheriff's Office)
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By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 8, 2009

A 36-year-old man has been charged with brutally attacking a woman at a Charles County hotel after arranging to meet her through an erotic services advertisement on Craigslist, and investigators think he is responsible for at least one similar attack, authorities said yesterday.

Kelvin Cousar of District Heights was arrested by the Charles sheriff's department May 1 and charged with first-degree assault and other counts in the April 12 attack, police said. Cousar, who maintains track for Metro, is being held at the Charles detention center.

Police say the two agreed to meet at the Master Suites Hotel in Waldorf after Cousar answered an ad the 29-year-old woman posted online. He paid her $200 for a massage and sexual activity, according to charging documents.

Cousar asked the woman to perform acts that were "oddly grotesque," said Prince George's County police spokeswoman Diane Richardson. At one point, when the woman refused, he put the barrel of a handgun in her mouth and forced her to comply, according to charging documents. He left, and the woman called police, authorities said.

Investigators obtained files for the cellphone used to call the woman and found that Cousar had once placed a call to it. Records placed the phone on more than one occasion near his house and workplace, the West Falls Church Metro yard.

The same number had been used to call the victim in an attack in February in Prince George's County, police said. Cousar had a tattoo matching one described by the woman in that attack, police said.

The public defender's office has not assigned a lawyer to Cousar's case. Attempts to reach his family yesterday were unsuccessful.

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