Suspect in 2010 Sexual Assault Arrested After Fleeing U.S. - NBC4 Washington

Suspect in 2010 Sexual Assault Arrested After Fleeing U.S.



    Almost four years after the violent rape of a pregnant woman in Montgomery County, police managed to track down one of two suspects. News4's Pat Collins reports. (Published Friday, April 11, 2014)

    Montgomery County Police say the suspect in the 2010 sexual assault of a pregnant woman has been taken into custody after years on the run. A second suspect in the case remains unidentified.

    Jose Antonio Quintano-Claros was arrested Wednesday and charged with first degree rape and armed robbery.

    According to police, the then 26-year-old victim was walking away from a bus stop along Viers Mill Road in Rockville on June 13, 2010 when she was approached by two men around 12:30 a.m. The two suspects forced the woman into a wooded area at knifepoint, threatening to kill her if she did not comply. During the assault, the men also stole the woman's purse.

    During their investigation, police established Quintano-Claros as a suspect and issued an arrest warrant. But before he could be taken into custody, Quintano-Claros fled the country. Police recently received word that he'd returned to the United States and found him in Montgomery County.

    Quintano-Claros admitted to his involvement in the crime, giving investigators details of the crime that had not been previously released.

    He is being held on a $10 million bond.

    Police say the second suspect remains unidentified. Investigators have re-released a composite sketch of the man they say goes by the nickname "El Brown." He is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, who's 5'5" to 5'6" tall and weighs 150 pounds.

    Anyone with information should call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.