Attempted sex assault reported in Rockville area

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Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 8, 2011; 10:54 PM

A man allegedly tried to sexually assault a woman Monday night in a Rockville area neighborhood within a few miles of where four similar attacks were reported late last year.

On Monday night a 20-year-old woman told Montgomery County police that a man approached her from behind between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. as she was walking on Veirs Mill Road, headed toward Aspen Hill Road from Twinbrook Parkway.

According to a police account, the woman said that the man tried to start a conversation but that she kept walking. The man then grabbed her and tried to pull her into a wooded area. She escaped without injury and called police, who searched but did not find the assailant.

Police described the assailant as a Hispanic man 30 to 40 years old, about 5 feet 1 inch tall, with a medium build. They said the woman told them that he wore a dark tan jacket, red shirt and baseball cap.

Between Oct. 26 and Dec. 4, similar incidents were reported in the Aspen Hill-Wheaton area two or three miles east or southeast of where the incident occurred Monday.

In the first reported assault, a 30-year-old woman was dragged into a wooded area near Connecticut Avenue and Independence Street and sexually assaulted. On Nov. 26, a 52-year-old woman was forced into a wooded area near Georgia Avenue and Hewitt Avenue, where she was raped, police said.

Eleven days later, a 42-year-old woman was assaulted at Georgia Avenue and Ralph Road by a man who tried to force her into a wooded area. She escaped.

On Dec. 4, a 27-year-old woman was assaulted near Claridge Road and Seaport Way. A passerby came to her aid.

Police said the attacker in last year's attacks was described as a white Hispanic man between 25 and 30, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a thin to average build.

Police asked to hear from people with information at 1-866-411- 8477 or 240-773-TIPS.

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