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Details of the assault
On November 16th, the victim was walking on the Red Run Valley Stream Trail when she was attacked. According to police charging documents, Charles Taylor physically and sexually assaulted the woman before fleeing the scene. The victim sustained minor injuries but was able to return home and call 911. Police later released a composite sketch of the suspect to help identify him.
Arrest of Charles Taylor
After receiving tips regarding the sketch, investigators identified Charles Taylor as the suspect and obtained an arrest warrant. On November 29th, Taylor was taken into custody at his home in Baltimore. He has been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and sex offense charges related to the attack on the trail. His case remains under investigation.
Safety concerns were raised after the assault.
The high-profile sexual assault has understandably raised concerns among residents about safety on Baltimore area trails and parks.
Increased patrols and monitoring
In response, Baltimore County Police say they have increased patrols and surveillance of trails in Owings Mills and surrounding areas. They also encourage citizens to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity.
Prevention tips shared
The police department has distributed crime prevention tips recommending common-sense safety measures like avoiding isolated areas, carrying a cell phone, and considering a personal safety alarm or spray for protection. Officials are working to balance public safety with keeping recreational regions accessible.
The charges against Taylor bring some relief but underscore the ongoing effort to address sexual violence and protect vulnerable groups who use Baltimore’s outdoor spaces. His case will move to trial in the coming months.