Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007

Woman assaulted in parking lot

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Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a Frederick woman in a parking lot Monday night.

According to Cpl. Jennifer Bailey, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office, the assault occurred around 10:45 p.m. Monday in a residential area of the 6600 block of Spokeshave Court, located off Crestwood Boulevard.

According to Bailey, the male suspect followed the 21-year-old woman to her car. As she entered the vehicle, he grabbed and fondled her before fleeing on foot.

Bailey said the victim did not require hospitalization.

The suspect is a white male, possibly a teenager, with dirty blond hair, 5 feet, 5 inches tall with a thin build. He was seen wearing a gray, sleeveless T-shirt and baggy blue jeans.

Witness interviews revealed that the suspect was seen earlier in the neighborhood that day setting trash fires.

‘‘When there is a crime of this type or such as a robbery, for example, we canvass the area,” she said. ‘‘That is what we did, and witness information cited this person as being in the neighborhood starting fires that same day.”

Anyone with information about the crime or the identity of the suspect should call Cpl. Jason West at 301-600-3894.