DNA evidence obtained in Gaithersburg rape investigation used to create suspect composite

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(PHOTO CREDIT: MOCO Police Department Website)

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MONTGOMERY CO. – Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department are continuing to investigate the a incident on October 6th where an adult female was raped at a bus stop is Gaithersburg.

Around 5:30 a.m. on October 6th, the victim was waiting for a bus at a stop located on Watkins Mill Road at Travis Lane when she was approached by the suspect.  The suspect, which has been described as a black male in his twenties and wearing a dark-colored, checkered shirt or jacket, acknowledged the victim’s presence.  The suspect  grabbed the woman and pulled her toward a wooded area next to the bus stop.  The suspect then raped the victim and fled from the area.  After the assault, the woman ran from the area and called police.

Detectives that are investigating this assault recently sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon), a DNA technology company located in Virginia that specializes in DNA phenotyping.  Phenotyping the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence.  Using the DNA evidence obtained during this investigation, Parabon’s Shapshot DNA Phenotyping Service has produced a composite (referred to as a Snapshot composite) depicting how the suspect in this case may look.

Snapshot Suspect Composite

(PHOTO CREDIT: Montgomery County PD Website)


Detectives with the Montgomery County Police are urging anyone who may know this suspect to call them at 240-773-5050. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to their line that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this rape.

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