UPDATE (November 18, 2015  10:55 a.m.):

Tavon James Horton was taken into custody at 12:45 p.m. on October 29 at his home in the 1900 block of Frederick Road 21228. He has been charged with first-degree assault, first-degree sex offense, and related charges. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

UPDATE (September 11  1:36 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is continuing to search for 24-year-old Tavon James Horton who is wanted in connection with a July 25 sexual assault in Woodlawn.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Tips can be texted to Metro Crime Stoppers: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Photograph of Tavon James Horton

Original release (July 31  6 a.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for a First Degree Sexual Assault with a handgun.

The investigation into this incident has indicated that just before 6 p.m. on July 25, the victim, a 31-year-old transgender woman, met the suspect in the 3400 block of Gaither Road 21244 in Precinct 2/Woodlawn. They had previously met on-line, and after becoming acquainted on Facebook agreed to meet in person. The victim and suspect went for a walk that eventually took them off the footpath. As they walked away from the footpath, the suspect produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim and told the victim to enter the tree line area around a nearby field. While in the tree line area, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim. After the assault, the suspect and the victim exited the wooded area and the suspect ran off.

Detectives were able to identify the suspect based on information given to them by the victim.

The suspect has been identified as Tavon James Horton (24) of the 7900 block of Stowe Court 21244. Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant that charges Horton with first-degree assault, first-degree sex offense, and related charges.

Detectives consider Tavon James Horton armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Tavon James Horton is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

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Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org