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Thursday, May 6, 2010


Student reports sex assault on campus

A Prince George's Community College student reported that she was sexually assaulted outside a building on the school's Largo campus Wednesday afternoon, and police have a suspect who is not a student in custody, a college spokeswoman said.

School spokeswoman Deidra Hill said the student told campus officers about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday that she had been raped somewhere outside the Center for Advanced Technology, a building on the campus off Largo Road.

Officer Evan Baxter, a county police spokesman, confirmed that police had been called about the attack and had a person in custody. He said the woman and the man accused of attacking her were "acquaintances" and not in a romantic relationship. Investigators were interviewing both late Wednesday, Baxter said.

-- Matt Zapotosky

Man hit by train seriously injured

A man was struck by a train and seriously injured near a housing complex in Germantown on Wednesday, authorities said.

Just before 5 p.m., rescue crews were called to the 18600 block of Waring Station Road on a report of a pedestrian being struck by a train, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a fire department spokesman.

Rescuers, working with residents and police, found the man at the bottom of a 50-foot ravine, along the railroad track bed, and used a basket and rope system to carry him out without aggravating his injuries.

The man, who was said to be in his 50s, suffered multiple fractures in what officials said appeared to be an accident. Garcia described his injuries as potentially life- threatening.

The man was struck by the Chicago Limited, an Amtrak train headed from Rockville to Chicago. The train was delayed by about an hour and a half, said Marc Magliari, an Amtrak spokesman. No injuries were reported on the train, and the incident did not affect other Amtrak service, he said.

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