Montgomery Co. Police search for Harris Teeter sex assault suspect

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Shoppers were taken aback after learning that a woman was sexually assaulted outside of the Harris Teeter grocery store on Park Potomac Avenue at 4:44pm, Sunday, March 11th.

Police say it happened shortly before 5-in the afternoon, Sunday, March 11th.

“I can’t believe that that would happen because there’s always people in and out and it always seems like there’s a lot of people around so that’s alarming.”, said shopper, Karen Tauber.

According to Police, the 26-year-old victim noticed that she was being followed while shopping inside the Harris Teeter.

Police say once she walked outside and began putting her groceries in her car, the man  allegedly approached her from behind and inappropriately touched her.

“If someone’s following me, whether it’s out here or I’m in the garage, that’s frightening.”, said shopper, Luann Pirone

Police say when the woman confronted her attacker, he ran off on foot.
The incident now has shoppers exercising caution.

“I would want to make sure that I was with somebody or maybe not on my own or not in the dark.”, said Tauber.

Police are offering a $10,000.00 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.
If you know anything, contact police at (240-773-6084).