Prince George's County police are searching for a man who they suspect raped two women and attempted to abduct a third in a six-hour period last week near Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton.
The attacks occurred between about 2 and 8 a.m. Dec. 30, police said.
Police spokesman Bruce Gentile said the three victims all described the attacker as a white man in his late teens to early twenties. They said he had a slender face with acne on both cheeks, and that he was wearing a dark-colored jogging outfit with the hood pulled up, Gentile said.
According to Gentile, all three women said the attacker told them he had a gun but did not display a weapon.
"His actions and words spoken to the victims were the same in all three cases," Gentile said. "We have no doubt it is the same person [in all three cases]."
In the first attack, police said, a 34-year-old woman was driving into the parking lot of her apartment building in the 1200 block of Palmer Road in Fort Washington about 2 a.m., when a man approached the car from behind a trash bin.
As the woman was getting out of her car, police said, the man forced his way into the vehicle and pushed her to the passenger side, police said. He then drove to the 7800 block of Surratts Road, three blocks from the hospital, where he raped her, police said.
Police said the second incident, the attempted abduction, occurred about 7:30 a.m. in the hospital parking lot in the 7500 block of Surratts Road. They said that a man approached a 37-year-old woman, said he had a gun and demanded a ride, but that the woman refused and was able to drive away.
About 7:50 a.m., police said, a man forced a 27-year-old woman to drive her car from the hospital parking lot to a wooded roadside about a quarter of a mile away, where he raped her in the car.
In both rapes, Gentile said, the man put the victim out of the car and drove off, and the victim called police from a nearby house. Both women were treated at the Sexual Assault Center at Prince George's General Hospital, and their cars were recovered a short time later near where the incidents took place, he said. Gentile said police, in cooperation with hospital security officials, have stepped up security around the hospital.