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Montgomery County Police hunt for would-be rapist

Tuesday - 6/28/2011, 1:27pm  ET

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. -- Montgomery County Police say a bicyclist in the right place at the right time may have prevented a woman from being raped.

The 23-year-old woman was walking on Montgomery Village Avenue just after midnight Tuesday when police say she noticed someone following her down the sidewalk.

The man then dragged the victim into a wooded area as she began to yell and scream. But a bicyclist who was riding by startled the suspect, and the woman was able to escape.

Police say the incident was a case of attempted rape. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, between 200 and 225 pounds, 33 to 36 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with short black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

Crime Solvers is offering $1,000 for help in solving the case.

WTOP's Neal Augenstein contributed to this report. Follow Neal and WTOP on Twitter.

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