Maryland Man Arrested in Motel Rape Case

Off-duty cop breaks the case

By Kathy Banks
|  Friday, Jan 8, 2010  |  Updated 6:46 PM EDT
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Maryland Man Arrested in Motel Rape Case

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Luis Manuel Rivera, 23, of Gaithersburg, Md., was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree rape and other offenses in connection with the rape of a motel employee.

The rape allegedly occurred on Oct. 29 at the Motel 6 in Gaithersburg.  Police said a 24-year-old woman was cleaning a room at the hotel. She left the room's door open and, police said, she heard the door slam before seeing a masked man inside the room with her.

She told Montgomery Co. Police the man sexually assaulted her in the room, then drove away in a green car.

Surveillance video showed the suspect's vehicle entering and leaving the hotel parking lot, police said.

An off-duty detective investigating the rape spotted the vehicle on Christmas Eve, broken down on I-270.

According to police, DNA evidence recovered from the scene also links Rivera to the crime.

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