Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Man charged in three Piney Branch Road attacks

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A Silver Spring man facing charges of attempted robbery and second-degree assault stemming from a March incident was charged Aug. 5 with attempted rape and attempted sexual assault for separate incidents that happened in December 2007 and February. All three incidents occurred in the 9300 block of Piney Branch Road.

Felix Flores-Montecinos, 23, of the 800 block of Northhampton Drive, was most recently charged with attempted second-degree rape and attempted fourth-degree sexual assault for two incidents that took place months ago in Silver Spring, according to a news release from Montgomery County Police.

Lucille Baur, a county police spokeswoman, said Flores-Montecinos was identified by the victims of the December and February incidents after his photograph was included in a photo array they were shown.

Flores-Montecinos was arrested around 8:30 p.m. March 30 after he allegedly grabbed a 20-year-old woman from Silver Spring in the 9300 block of Piney Branch Road, pushed her to the ground and kicked her while attempting to take her handbag, the release said. When he tried to flee, two residents who observed the attack stopped and held him, the release said.

"When officers arrived, he was being held by these Good Samaritan citizens," Baur said.

In separate incidents on Dec. 30, 2007, and Feb. 11, two Silver Spring women who were walking along the same block of Piney Branch Road were attacked by a man but were able to fight him off and get away. In both instances, the man fled the area.

Baur said officers used information and images taken of Flores-Montecinos after the March arrest and showed them to the previous victims, a 47-year-old and a 35-year-old, who each picked Flores-Montecinos out of a photo array and identified him as their attacker.

Flores-Montecinos is currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Correction Facility in Boyds. He has a hearing scheduled for Sept. 5 in Montgomery County District Court.