Housekeeper Sexually Assaulted During Bethesda Home Invasion

Incident may be related to Wheaton robbery Tuesday

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012  |  Updated 8:12 PM EDT
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Police are searching a for a man who they believe is behind two home invasion robberies in Bethesda and Wheaton.

Pat Collins

Police are searching a for a man who they believe is behind two home invasion robberies in Bethesda and Wheaton.

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A masked gunman was responsible for a home invasion and sexual assault on Wednesday morning, according to Montgomery County police.

A domestic worker, who had just arrived about 6:45 a.m. to clean the house in the 9200 block of Bardon Road, went back outside to move her vehicle but was confronted at the door by the gunman, who forced his way inside the house, police said.

A mother and her teenage son also were in the house at the time. The armed intruder tied up all three with materials he found in the home and then rummaged through the house looking for things to steal, police said. The intruder took a debit card and the housekeeper's keys.

During the 45-minute incident, the masked man sexually assaulted the housekeeper.  She was later taken to a hospital for treatment. No one else was injured.

The intruder fled in the housekeeper's SUV, a gray Ford Expedition with Maryland license plates 4AE-7450 and a McDaniel College sticker on the rear windshield.

Until police arrived, neighbors had no idea the incident had occurred.

The stolen credit card was used at a CVS in L'Enfant Plaza in D.C. A surveillance camera captured this image of the person who used the card:

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The incident may be related to the robbery of a home in Wheaton Tuesday morning. A woman had just entered her garage in the 2900 block of McMahon Road about 10 a.m. when a masked man with a black handgun threatened her and demanded money, police said.

After the woman gave the man money from her wallet, he demanded her car keys, debit card and pin number and fled in her car, which was recovered a short distance from the crime scene.

The woman wasn't hurt, but her debit card was used at a bank ATM in Oxon Hill.

The intruder in each case was described as black man in his late 20s or early 30s, standing 5-foot-7-inches tall with a slim build. He wore a black jacket, a sweatshirt with front pockets, dark-colored pants, brown-framed glasses, a black ski mask and gloves.

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