A 30-year-old man suspected of raping a Waldorf woman last weekend was arrested early Friday in Florida.
The Charles County Sheriff's Office said Michael D. Harbin was being held in connection with the July 2 rape of a 39-year-old woman in the 3200 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf.
Authorities allege he forced the woman into a dark area, sexually assaulted her and ordered her to drive him and his dog to the intersection of Berry Road and Trumpeter Court in Waldorf, where he fled into the woods. Police thought he was heading south.
Since his release from prison in October after serving seven years for assault, Harbin had lived by himself in the woods, said Capt. Joseph Montminy of the Charles County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities declined to say why Harbin is suspected in the rape.
In a July 6 news release, the sheriff's office said Harbin had last been seen at Union Station in the District. Someone gave him a ride there, but detectives did not believe he boarded a train. They did, however, suggest that he "could be headed as far south as Florida" in the company of his dog, Fred.
Clearwater officers arrested Harbin early Friday after responding to a report of a suspicious person behind a building, said Kristen Adkins, spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff's Office.
As of Friday, Harbin was being held at the Pinellas County Jail pending extradition to Charles County.
-- JONATHAN ABEL