- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 9, 2003

Police are searching for a man who has posed as an exterminator and a maintenance man to rob Hyattsville-area homes and assault some victims while armed with a knife.
The man is wanted for committing two robberies Tuesday, two robberies last month and two sexual assaults in November, according to the Prince George's County Police Department. All victims have been women.
"We feel confident they are being committed by the same person," said Cpl. Diane Richardson, a county police spokeswoman. She said police believe their composite drawing accurately reflects the suspect.
In all six cases, the robber knocked on the residents' doors between 9 and 11:30 a.m., Cpl. Richardson said. He demanded money and jewelry.
"Burglary is definitely the main motive," said an investigator who asked that his name not be used. "Sexual assault comes after the fact. Jewelry is what he's definitely after."
At about 10 a.m. Tuesday, he knocked on a door in the 3500 block of Dean Drive in Hyattsville and said he was from maintenance, Cpl. Richardson said. When the resident opened the door slightly, he forced his way in, produced a knife and then fled after the resident began crying.
About 90 minutes later, he knocked on a door in the 1900 block of Amherst Road in Lewisdale, where he said he was sent to exterminate roaches. He forced his way inside, brandished a knife, demanded money and fled.
"He is armed with a knife, but he's never used it," the investigator said. The November attacks were sexual in nature, but the December attacks and Tuesday's have been nonviolent, the investigator said.
"Since then they've been burglaries and breaking and entering-burglary," he said.
At about 9 a.m. Dec. 17 in the 3400 block of Toledo Terrace in Hyattsville, a woman was walking home when a man brandished a knife and forced his way into her home.
"He picked up the victim's 2-year-old daughter, demanded jewelry and money," Cpl. Richardson said, noting he put the child down and fled after she handed over her property.
At about 10:45 a.m. Dec. 16 in the 7900 block of Kreeger Drive in Langley Park, the suspect knocked on a door and asked to use the restroom. When the woman opened, he pulled out the knife, demanded money and fled.
At about 10 a.m. Nov. 29, he knocked on a door in the 2000 block of Erie Street in Adelphi and asked for change. He forced his way inside, brandished the knife and attempted to rape the woman before fleeing.
At about 9 a.m. Nov. 25, he knocked on the door in the 7400 block of 18th Avenue in Langley Park, also asking to use the bathroom. After he was allowed inside, he brandished a knife and sexually assaulted the resident.
Police described the robber as a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, of medium height and weight. He has bumps on his face, which police believe to be acne marks, and his top teeth have silver caps or fillings.
"Don't just automatically open up the door if you hear someone knocking," Cpl. Richardson suggested. "Look out your door before you open it."

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