ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) - Montgomery County Police announced a major development in the case of a pregnant woman beaten and raped nearly four years ago.
On Wednesday, plain clothes officers arrested Jose Quintano-Claros, 27, of Rockville, for his alleged role in the brutal crime. Detectives however are still searching for his accomplice.
Police say Quintano-Claros and another man, who's street name is "El Brown," were loitering at a Rockville bus stop on June 12, 2010. Around 11:20 p.m. that night, the duo spotted a woman, five months pregnant, step-off a Metro bus. As the 26-year-old mother-to-be walked home from work, the two men allegedly placed a knife against her stomach, saying they'd, "remove her unborn child," if she didn't comply. Fearing for her life, the woman walked with then men to a nearby wooded area.
Charging documents detail a horrific 40 to 50 minute sexually assault in the dark night. Afterwards, the men reportedly confiscated the woman's bra, panties and purse, and threatened to kill her should she contact the police.
"Anytime you're getting off a bus, going through your daily routine, you don't expect to be attacked by two men in such a vicious and violent manner," Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman with the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office said. "It's an unthinkable crime."
By July 2010, police identified Quintano-Claros as one of the attackers. However, when officers went to arrest him, the 5'6" 130 lb. immigrant had skipped town, fleeing to his native Honduras. With Quintano-Claros more than 1700 miles away, investigators distributed dozens of wanted fliers around the community. But days turned to weeks, months, and then years. By all accounts, the case had gone cold.
Yet patience paid-off this April, when a resident told investigators Quintano-Claros had returned to Rockville. On Wednesday, undercover officers arrested him outside a local 7-Eleven. During a police interview, the accused raper admitted to his involvement, and provided intimate details of the crime.
ABC7 visited Quintano-Claros' mother's Rockville apartment along the 13100 block of Twinbrook Parkway. Police say the 27-year-old was using her second floor unit to hide-out. While noises could be heard inside, no one answered our knocks at the door.
"It's bad to hear that, very bad," Mainor Portillo, whose mother lives one unit below, said. "I can't imagine who'd do that to a woman, especially pregnant."
Quintano-Claros is charged with First Degree Rape and Armed Robbery. The 27-year-old remains behind bars on a $10 million cash bond. Online court records do not list a lawyer for him. His next court date is May 9, at 10 a.m. in Montgomery County District Court.
The second suspect involved in this crime, with the nickname "El Brown," has not been identified. He is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-twenties, approximately 5’ 5” to 5’ 6” tall, weighing around 150 lbs. He has short, dark hair.
Although the 26-year-old victim was emotionally distraught by the attack, detectives say she gave birth to a healthy baby, who is now three-years-old.
"Law enforcement in Montgomery County never rests, never stops seeking justice. We'll find those perpetrators and we'll bring them to justice," Korionoff concluded.