GLEN BURNIE, Md. - Police in Anne Arundel County say they have a rape suspect in custody, and it took some quick thinking by the victim to catch him.
It happened Monday morning inside the suspect's apartment, in the Hidden Woods apartment complex in Glen Burnie.
Investigators say the victim was raped and stabbed; shocking news for people who live here.
“Knowing the fact that he lives right across the street from me, that's a shock in itself, that it could happen that close to you,” said Jason Hendley, who lives across the street from the suspect.
Neighbors say that suspect -- 37-year-old Shane Miller-- had moved in about seven months ago and seemed to have some mental issues, but they didn't believe he was dangerous.
Lakisha Marshall said she sees him every day. “Just standing out saying hey buddy you need your car washed or asking if I know anybody who needed their car washed. That's it.”
“It just seemed kind of weird to me that he would always be outside, staring at people, asking people for money to wash their cars. It just gave me a weird vibe,” Hendley added.
Neighbors also say from time to time Miller would be visited by social workers, some of them women.
Police would not say how the victim came into contact with Miller, only that it was through her employment.
After the rape, police say Miller forced the victim to drive him to the Food Lion grocery store at the intersection of Crane Highway and Route 2 in Glen Burnie.
When they went inside the store the victim managed to signal employees that she needed help; employees were not permitted to speak on camera, but police say they immediately called 911.
“She was trying to be discreet, obviously shaken up from what just took place, but was able to get their attention to contact police without the suspect knowing,” said Justin Mulcahy, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
The victim was treated and released from a local hospital.
Shane Miller is facing charges of first degree rape, sex offense, robbery, assault and false imprisonment. He's being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center without bail.
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