Police investigating a rape that took place last week in Silver Spring released videos Tuesday of a woman they believe might be able to help them track down the rapist.
According to a news release issued Tuesday evening, the rape occurred on Garland Avenue in Silver Spring at about 10:45 p.m. Friday.
According to police, the victim of the rape left her apartment to empty her trash into a garbage can when a man accosted her.
The man, who was wearing a ski mask grabbed her from behind, forced her to the ground, and then pulled her to a more concealed area, where he took out a weapon and raped the woman, police said in a release detailing the crime.
After the rapist fled, the woman went to a nearby home for help, police said.
Police and a dog searched the area for the rapist without success. The rapist was described as being a brown-eyed man who was 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall.
Police did not say how old the victim was or what kind of weapon the rapist used.
“This is an ongoing investigation — a rape case. There are certain details we can’t release,” Montgomery County Police Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti said.
According to Innocenti, detectives are trying to identify and speak to a woman who may be related to the case. Video footage that police released Tuesday of the woman shows her leaving a store with a bag of recently purchased items, dressed in a puffy winter jacket, black boots, and leggings or tight jeans. The woman then left in a vehicle, which appears in another video released by police to be a black sedan.
Innocenti said detectives think she might have information that would help their investigation.
Police say anyone with information about the crime, the female or the car in the videos should call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. People wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-8477. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment.