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Woman raped in Silver Spring backyard

A woman in Montgomery County trying to take a mid-afternoon job break was attacked by a man armed with a knife who forced her into a residential backyard and raped her, police said Friday.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Thursday, police were called to the area of Colesville Road and University Boulevard West in Silver Spring. The woman, who works at a nearby shopping center, said the man approached her, struck up a conversation, pulled out a knife, and forced her into the nearby backyard, according to a police spokesman.

Police described the assailant as a black man, about 5-foot, 6-inches tall, with a medium build, gray and black facial hair and several missing or broken teeth.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call 240-773-5070. Those who want to be anonymous or be eligible for a possible reward of up to $10,000 can call 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.


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