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Sexual assualt suspect sought

May 20, 2000

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police are looking for a man who ordered a woman into his car at gunpoint last Saturday and took her to an abandoned house on Rock Cliff Drive where he sexually assaulted her, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department reported.

The 33-year-old woman was approached near the intersection of West Race Street and Boyd Avenue at approximately 5 a.m. by a man driving a late 1980s model gray, four-door car, possibly a Buick Skylark, according to a press release from the sheriff's department.

The man approached the woman twice, first asking her if she wanted a ride then asking for directions to a local business.

The man pointed a black handgun at the woman and ordered her to get in his car, then drove to an abandoned home near the 700 block of Rock Cliff Drive, the press release said. The woman was ordered into the home and sexually assaulted.

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The man left with the woman and took her to a location near the Groh Industrial Park along North Queen Street where he left her. The woman went to a nearby location and someone to call police, the press release said.

The man drove from the area in his car in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as about 6 feet tall with a slender build and a light mustache and goatee. He had dark hair cut short on the sides but longer on top. He was wearing small wire-frame hexagonal glasses, brown khaki pants, a dark long-sleeved shirt or jacket and black shoes.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the sheriff's department at 1-304-267-7000 or the Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 1-304-267-4999.

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