Two crimes stand out in this week's Hyattsville Crime Map, a rape and sexual assault on and a convenience store robbery, both on the same block of Ager Road near the West Hyattsville Metro Station.
According to the weekly police report distrubuted by the Hyattsville City Police Department, on March 19, a suspect entered a market on the 5600 block on Ager Road and robbed it at gunpoint. The incident occured at about 5:45 p.m.
Police did not provide a description of a suspect.
The next day, on March 20 between roughly 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., a woman was abducted and taken to a nearby vacant property where she was then raped and assaulted. Police were able to locate and arrest a suspect on March 22.
Police did not identify the suspect.
Police also did not alert the public of these two incidents until the release of the weekly city crime report on Wednesday, March 28, more than a week after the incidents occurred.
Earlier in the week, police did send a message on the city-wide email and text message alert system warning pedestrians to take extreme caution when walking on the hiker-biker trails near the West Hyattsville Metro Station. But that message was to alert people of a suspect still at large.
In an interview conducted prior to the release of the city's weekly crime data. Sgt. Chris Purvis, public information officer for the Hyattsville City Police Department, said that the alert was released after park and city police realized that one suspect may be responsible for three incidents of rape, sexual assault and attempted assault since late January.
Below you will find the raw crime data used to create the map above this article. It covers the week of March 18-24, 2012.
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