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Booking photo of Jaysson David SanchezPolice have charged a 24-year-old man with sex offenses after sexually assaulting at least one minor.

Jaysson David Sanchez of the 300 block of Stonecastle Avenue, 21136 is being held without bail on charges of third and fourth degree sex offense and second degree assault after he sexually assaulted a teenage girl. He further solicited sex from other teenage girls using the Instagram App, but detectives have not yet identified these victims.

Additional Victims Asked to Contact Police

Police are now turning to the public to identify any additional underage victims that may have been solicited for any sex acts or sexually assaulted by Sanchez. Detectives believe that Sanchez attempts to use cell phone apps or frequent areas where he is likely to meet underage girls, as well as asking young girls to introduce him to their friends. Sanchez drives a red Toyota Scion as depicted in the images below.

Police are asking anyone who may have been inappropriately approached for sex acts or sexually assaulted by Sanchez to contact detectives from the Baltimore County Police Special Victims Unit by calling 410-307-2020.

UPDATE (August 24, 2020 3:26 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police is releasing the booking photo of a suspect arrested in Towson early Saturday morning after sexually assaulting a woman in the hopes that other possible victims may come forward.

Booking photo of Jarvis Levy BensonJarvis Levy Benson (32) was arrested by responding officers just after 2 a.m. when he was identified as the suspect who followed a woman into an alley as she was walking to her car, grabbed her, and raped her. Benson remains held without bond following a bail review hearing this afternoon.

Police hope that anyone who may recognize Benson as a suspect in any other incident, or who has information on his involvement with any other incident, will contact detectives in the Special Victims Unit by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

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Original Release (August 22, 2020 5:35 p.m.):

Police Arrest Suspect after Rape of Woman in Towson

Detectives made a quick arrest of a suspect in an early morning rape of a woman in Towson today.

Just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning police responded to the unit block of West Pennsylvania Avenue, 21204 for a call of an assault.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect followed a woman down an alley near Pennsylvania Avenue as she walked to her vehicle, then sexually assaulted her behind an area business. The victim was able to break free from her attacker following the assault and ran back to the establishment she'd left to summons help. Responding officers located the suspect on West Pennsylvania Avenue and placed him under arrest after a positive identification.

Jarvis Levy Benson (32) of the 9500 block of John Lock Way, 21117 is charged with second degree rape, fourth-degree sex offense and second degree assault. He is currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Special Victims Unit are continuing the investigation into this incident. Anyone who may have additional information on this incident or any other incident involving this suspect is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Photos of Brandon Saunders, charged in Baltimore County and Baltimore City rape cases.Baltimore County Police have been extensively investigating a rape that occurred last year in the parking lot of Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Road, 21286. An arrest warrant was obtained exactly a year to the date of the offense. Brandon Saunders, 29 years old, from the 3900 block of Eierman Avenue, 21206 was arrested at his home without incident on July 29. He is charged with first degree rape and first degree assault. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $200,000 bail. Baltimore City police have an arrest warrant for Saunders based on a collaborative investigation for a rape that occurred in Baltimore City in October of 2019. Saunders has a $20,000 bail in the City case.

On July 28, 2019 the victim told police that she was in Baltimore City and needed a ride to a family member’s house after she had an argument with a friend. She had been waiting for a bus when the suspect made contact with her. He offered to take her where she needed to go. As they were in the car, she noticed the suspect was not going in the right direction. When the victim asked the suspect where they were going, he assaulted her inside the car. Suspect Saunders drove the victim to a secluded parking lot to the rear of Loch Raven High School where he brutally raped and attacked her. He constantly threatened to kill her and at times she lost consciousness during the attack. She was finally able to escape and ran towards Interstate 695 in hopes of flagging someone down since it was around 4:30 a.m. A passerby saw the victim walking along the shoulder of I-695 disheveled and bloodied from the attack and called 911.

Detectives Believe There May Be More Victims

During the investigation, many evidentiary techniques were used and information started to lead detectives to Suspect Saunders. Once they realized he lived in Baltimore City, the detectives reached out to the Baltimore City detectives and they started looking at similarities in other rape cases. A common thread linked suspect Saunders to another rape in Baltimore City.

Collage of stock photos and actual photo of vehicles used by Brandon Saunders in rape cases.The BCoPD is also releasing a photo and stock photos of the vehicles that Brandon Saunders operated. Descriptions of those vehicles are below.

  • 1999 Blue Mercury Grand Marquis (stock photo)
  • 2001 Silver Oldsmobile Alero (stock photo)
  • 2003 black Chevy Malibu (photo of his black Malibu has stock black rims; the stock photo of the second Malibu has aluminum rims)

Both Baltimore County and Baltimore City detectives believe there may be more victims and have released the booking photo along with the vehicles that belong to suspect Saunders. If you or anyone you know has more information on this case or others, you are asked to contact Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Baltimore City detectives at 410-396-2076.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text: “MCS (include tip)” to CRIMES (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

 
 
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