MARYLAND

Woman Raped A 25-year-old woman was raped early Sunday as she walked from a Gaithersburg apartment complex to a shopping center on Muddy Branch Road.

Montgomery County police said the incident took place between 12:30 and 1 a.m. as the woman walked from West Deer Park Road to the Festival Shopping Center. A man whom she did not know approached and took her by knifepoint to a wooded area. The woman struggled with the man before he raped and sexually assaulted her. Police learned of the incident Tuesday when they responded to a rape report from a hospital.

Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his thirties, about 5 feet to 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighing about 115 pounds. His hair was parted in the middle, and he had a scruffy beard and was wearing shorts, police said.

On Aug. 5, a 44-year-old Germantown woman was raped in her home. A 23-year-old woman was raped in July in the Montgomery Hills area near the Forest Glen Metro station.

Fatal Shooting A 22-year-old Prince George's County man was found lying on the street Monday night with a gunshot wound several blocks from his home.

Tony Donte Tinsley died later at a hospital. Tinsley, of the 5000 block of 57th Avenue, was found in the 5200 block of 60th Avenue, police said.

Authorities urged anyone with information about the shooting to call 301-772-4925.

Triple Slaying Trial The jury in the Baltimore triple murder trial of two men accused of nearly beheading their young relatives has been instructed to try again to reach a unanimous verdict.

That instruction from Judge Thomas Ward came yesterday morning after jurors delivered a note saying they believed they were deadlocked.

The note said, "We believe we are a hung jury. What are we to do?" The judge then gave jurors a so-called Allen charge -- an instruction that they try again to agree on a verdict. Jurors returned to their deliberations and were unable to reach a verdict by the end of the day. They will try again today.

Jurors sat through 25 days of testimony from relatives of the victims as well as police and DNA experts who testified about bloody clothing allegedly linking Adan Espinoza Canela, 18, and Policarpio Espinoza Perez, 23, to the killings. The two men are charged in the slayings of Ricardo Espinoza Jr., 9, his sister, Lucero Espinoza, 8, and their cousin, Alexis Espejo Quezada, 10, in their apartment in May 2004.

Compiled from reports by staff writers and the Associated Press.