Montgomery County police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempting to rape a woman who was walking her dog in a Gaithersburg-area park, authorities announced.
Jeffrey Michael Uy, a 22-year-old West Virginia resident, has been charged with assault and attempted second-degree rape, Montgomery County police said.
Around 10:42 a.m. on Monday, officers responded to a call reporting an assault in the southern side of Great Seneca Stream Valley Park near Game Preserve Road.
A 24-year-old woman told officers she had been walking her dog on a trail when a man approached her. He started by striking up a conversation about her dog, but then asked her twice to have sex, police said.
When she refused, the man grabbed her by the arms and tried to restrain her. She broke free and fled, calling 911 when she could no longer see him chasing her.
While talking to officers, the woman spotted Uy on a nearby trail and identified him as the man who allegedly assaulted her.
Police say Uy told them he came to the park looking for sex, and admitted to grabbing the woman planning to have sex, consent or not.
“Uy further said that he did not care if the victim refused his requests and that he was going to have intercourse with her regardless,” police said in a news release.
Uy is being held without bond.
Police suspect Uy may have assaulted other women. Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s nonemergency line at 301-279-8000.