Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Police seek tips in Dec. 22 rape at Gaithersburg hotel

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Police have released a composite sketch of a man who raped a 50-year-old female employee at the Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg on Dec. 22.

The woman, a member of the hotel’s custodial staff, went to clean one of the 300 rooms at the hotel at Montgomery Village Avenue and Route 355 shortly after 9 a.m. The man assaulted and raped her, then fled, according to Montgomery County Police. The woman told her co-workers, who called police.

Police describe the man as an African American between 20 - 25 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, wearing dark pants, a blue-and-white sweater and a black ‘‘skull cap.” He weighs between 140 and 150 pounds and was unshaven, police said.

Anyone with information can call 240-773-5070. Callers can remain anonymous.