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suspect surveillance photoUPDATE (July 27, 2020 12:45 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police arrested Gregory Hightower (67) of the 1600 block of Poplar Grove St., 21216 for sexually assaulting a teenager in Lochearn on June 27.

The investigation determined that at 11:30 p.m. the victim exited the MTA bus in the 1900 block of Woodlawn Dr. Hightower also exited the bus and followed the victim, offering to walk her through the wooded area which is a cut through to Kincheloe Ave.

As they approached the wooded area, Hightower pulled a gun and pointed it at the victim. He then forced the victim on the ground and sexually assaulted her. Hightower threatened to kill the victim before fleeing the scene. 

Investigators received multiple tips from the public that led investigators to identifying Hightower. He is charged with first degree rape, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and firearm use/felony-violent crime. He is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on a no bail status pending a bail hearing review.

Original (July 17, 2020 9:27 a.m.):

Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Man Who Sexually Assaulted a Teenager in Lochearn

Baltimore County Police seek the public’s help with identifying the suspect responsible for sexually assaulting a teenager in Lochearn on June 27.

Just before midnight, police responded to the 6700 block of Kincheloe Ave., 21207 for a call of a sexual assault. The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and victim were passengers on the same MTA bus.

At 11:30 p.m. on June 27, the victim exited the MTA bus in the 1900 block of Woodlawn Drive near the Woodlawn Memorial Park. The victim advised that she saw the suspect also exit the bus and he began following her. The suspect offered to walk her through the wooded area which is a cut through to Kincheloe Ave.

As they approached the wooded area, the suspect forced the victim on the ground and then sexually assaulted her. The suspect threatened to kill the victim before fleeing the scene. The victim ran to Kincheloe Ave. where she was seen banging on the door of her friend’s house. A neighbor heard the banging and saw the victim disheveled and upset. She assisted the victim and called 911.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 50 - 60-years-old, 5'9 and 200-pounds (pictured here). The suspect mentioned to the victim that he lives not far from the Woodlawn Cemetery and Chapel.

The suspect is believed to have been on MTA buses at the following locations:

-Rogers Station (metro) in the 4300 block of Hayward Avenue, 21215 on June 28 between 10:40 p.m. and 11 p.m.

-Woodlawn Cemetery and Chapel in the 2100 block of Woodlawn Drive, 21207 on June 28 between 11:20 p.m. and 11:40 p.m.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Departments Special Victims Unit are investigating this incident. Anyone who may have additional information on this incident is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

April 19 through April 25 is National Victims’ Rights Week. Through various events, the Baltimore County Police Department, volunteers and community members will bring attention to crimes such as domestic violence, college campus safety, bullying, and crime prevention techniques, as well as elder abuse and relationship abuse.

The following is a list of the precincts and the events scheduled for Victims’ Rights Week.

Precinct 1/Wilkens

Event: Displays will be set up on domestic violence and brochures will be available to take away.

Location: Baltimore County Public Library in Arbutus, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, 21227

Date/Time: April 20 to April 24

Contact: Sgt. Harpster, 410-887-1584

Precinct 2/Woodlawn

Event: Displays will be set up on crime prevention and brochures will be available to take away.

Location: Food Court at Security Square Mall, 6901 Security Boulevard, 21207

Date/Time: April 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact: Sgt. Askew, 410-887-4714

Precinct 3/Franklin

Event: Community members are invited to join officers to plant flowers in remembrance of crime victims.

Location: Precinct 3, 606 Nicodemus Road, 21136

Date/Time: April 20, 10 a.m.

Contact: Sgt. Ledley, 410-887-6985

Precinct 4/Pikesville

Event: Displays will be set up on domestic violence and brochures will be available to take away.

Location: Stevenson University, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, 21153

Date/Time: April 20 to 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact: Sgt. Ramirez, 410-887-6775

Precinct 6/Towson

Event: Displays will be set up on domestic violence and brochures will be available to take away.

Location: Baltimore County Public Library in Towson, 320 York Road, 21204

Date/Time: April 19 to 25

Contact: Sgt. Fink, 410-887-5933

Precinct 7/Cockeysville

Event: Community members are invited to join officers to plant flowers in remembrance of crime victims.

Location: Precinct 7, 111 Wight Avenue, 21030

Date/Time: April 19, 10 a.m.

Contact: Lt. McGraw, 410-887-1863

Precinct 8/Parkville

Event: Displays will be set up on crime prevention and victim safety. Brochures will be available to take away. McGruff will also be attending this event.

Location: YMCA, 8910 Waltham Woods Road, 21234

Date/Time: April 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact: Sgt. Dupree, 410-887-5439

Precinct 9/White Marsh

Event:  We will be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food donations to be given to the Garden Village Community Center. Food collected will be distributed to local families.

Location: Precinct 9, 8220 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236

Date/Time: Donations will be accepted at the precinct from April 19 to 25

Contact: Sgt. Mickle, 410-887-5035

Precinct 11/Essex

Event: We will be collecting donations for the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. The shelter is in need of toiletries, adult and child clothing – including undergarments, non perishable food/snack items, and diapers.

Location: Collection boxes will be distributed to various locations in the precinct.

Date/Time: April 19 to 25

Contact: Sgt. Maddox, 410-887-0232

Precinct 12/North Point

Event: Displays will be set up on domestic violence and brochures will be available to take away.

Location: Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center, 323 Sollers Point Road, 21222

Date/Time: April 19 to 25

Contact: Sgt. Stelmak, 410-887-7336

 
 
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