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A Hyattsville man was being held Monday without bail in a case of a jogger who told police she was dragged off a trail and raped in a wooded area in Silver Spring.

Joaquin A. Orellana Torres, 24, of Hyattsville, was arrested Friday on charges of first-degree rape and armed robbery, according to Montgomery County police.

During a hearing bail review hearing Monday, a Montgomery County District Court judge ordered Torres be held without bail, according to Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office.

Torres had been held without bail at the time of his arrest Friday. An attorney wasn’t listed for Torres in court records accessed online.

At around 4:30 p.m. May 5, a woman was jogging on the Northwest Branch Trail, between Piney Branch Road and Oakview Drive, when she was accosted by a knife-wielding man who dragged her into the woods, raped her, then took her iPhone, according to a police account in District Court filings.

As part of her description to police, woman said the man who raped her was wearing a beaded necklace with a white cross and had a gray backpack with green trim.

A neighbor described seeing someone emerge from the woods and run through his backyard toward Oakview Drive and New Hampshire Avenue, according to the court filings. Police searched the woods, but didn’t find anyone.

County police and Maryland-National Capital Park police returned to the scene days later and spotted a man who fit the woman’s description — Torres, who was wearing a beaded necklace with a white cross. A gray backpack was on the ground, police said in court filings.

Torres was arrested at the scene.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 6.

A $20,000 reward had been offered for the capture of the attacker, including $10,000 from a family member of the victim. Police said Monday that the reward will not be given out.

tarnold@gazette.net