PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) - People in Chillum all use one word to describe the feeling here: Fear.
On Tuesday afternoon, along a path in the woods between a high-rise apartment building and Northwestern High School, a suspect with a gun committed two rapes 100 yards and 15 minutes apart.
It was broad daylight both victims were walking with friends but somehow the suspect managed to pull his victims away.
The crimes are so brazen that the detectives working the case call it unprecedented.
“They have a combined 100 years of experience under their belt,” says Lt. Bill Alexander of the Prince George's County Police. “None has seen or heard of any kind of crime even close to what occurred here yesterday.”
Wednesday night, police are taking extreme measures to catch the suspect before he strikes again.
Officers are knocking on hundreds of doors and handing out fliers. But they are also looking closely at the people they encounter.
The suspect is a Hispanic male in his 30s, 5'6" - 5'10 with a slim build. He was last seen wearing camouflage pants.
The search is extensive. Officers often with guns drawn are looking behind utility room doors. They're questioning and even searching anybody who fits the description and they are hiking the woods in hopes of flushing the suspect out and easing the fear.
“I hope they get the person because we have little kids and the school is next door,” says local resident Mariama Bah. “I feel so sorry for the little girl.”