Arrest Made in Postal Worker's Sex Assault - NBC4 Washington

Arrest Made in Postal Worker's Sex Assault



    Rape Victim Tells of Attack

    With a suspect now behind bars, the victim of a rape talks exclusively to News4's Pat Collins about the attack. (Published Wednesday, June 5, 2013)

    Even though a 47-year-old man is behind bars for sexually assaulting a postal worker behind her work place, the victim told News4 she is still recovering from the attack.

    The 21-year-old woman, who spoke exlusively with News4 but wanted to conceal her identity, was sexually assaulted after getting lunch May 2.

    She was returning to work at the Woodmoor Post Office in Silver Spring, Md. when a man approached her, asking her if she had drugs or cigarettes.

    He then asked her if she wanted to look at his truck, which she declined. Police say he then pulled out a knife, forced her into the yard behind the post office and sexually assaulted her.

    "He had a knife... he wasn't playing," the woman recalled. "He said he was going to cut me up and put me in a dumpster."

    Her attacker, Dennis Nathan Carpenter has been arrested. Police say his DNA matched a Prince George's County rape conviction in the 1990s.

    At the time of the May 2 assault, Carpenter had escaped from a District halfway house where he was serving time for an attempted robbery.

    The young woman told News4 she has yet to return to work, but says she is slowly healing.

    "I don't go to places by myself," she said. "I haven't been anywhere by myself since this happened."