Police Investigate Inappropriate Touching of Student in Takoma Park

Montgomery County police are investigating an incident during which an unknown suspect inappropriately touched a ten-year-old female as she was walking to school.

Police said it happened on May 1 when a female student was walking to Rolling Terrace Elementary School (located at 705 Bayfield Street in Takoma Park). At approximately 7:40 a.m., in the area of Barron Street and Bayfield Street, police said the suspect approached the victim from behind. According to police, the suspect touched the victim inappropriately and then removed his hands after the victim turned around to face him.

According to police, the suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’ to 5’02″ tall, and in his late 30s to early 40s. He was wearing a black sweatshirt, black baseball hat, saggy, light blue jeans, and black shoes, police said. In addition, police said the suspect was carrying a dark green and light gray backpack on his shoulders and had the chest strap fastened. The suspect smelled like cigarettes, according a police account.

Police said the victim believes she saw the suspect the day before in the area of Flower Avenue and Domer Avenue and also on the Domer Avenue footbridge (over the Long Branch Stream Valley Park). Police said the suspect was wearing the same clothes on both days.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact the Family Crimes Division at 240.773.5400. If you believe you see the suspect, call 911 immediately.

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