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Arrest Made in Rape of Jogger on Silver Spring Trail

Police have charged a Hyattsville man with raping a woman at knifepoint who was jogging on the Northwest Branch trail.

Joaquin Orellana Torres of Hyattsville has been charged with raping a jogger on the Northwest Branch Trail. Credit: Montgomery County Police
Joaquin Orellana Torres of Hyattsville has been charged with raping a jogger on the Northwest Branch Trail. Credit: Montgomery County Police

A Hyattsville man has been charged with raping a woman at knifepoint while she was jogging along the Northwest Branch Trail on May 5 in Silver Spring.

Police were called May 5 to the site of an attack that had occurred in park land adjacent to Oakview Drive in Silver Spring. The victim, a woman in her 20s, said she had been running on a trail in the Northwest Branch area when she was approached by the suspect, who was armed with a knife. The suspect forced her off the trail, raped her, and fled. 

Following the attack, investigators from the Montgomery County Police Department and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department worked together to search for the suspect.

On Friday, park police detectives went back to the scene to look for additional evidence. While in an area off the marked trail, they saw a backpack that matched the description the victim said the suspect had with him during the crime.

As officers approached the site, they reportedly saw a man who matched the suspect description. Police said he was also wearing a beaded necklace that matched the description the victim had given.

Joaquin A. Orellana Torres, 24, of Hughes Road in Hyattsville, was charged Friday with first-degree rape and one count of armed robbery. 

“The arrest of Joaquin Orellana Torres helps to maintain the safe environment for everyone who uses the Montgomery County Park system,” said Chief Antonio DeVaul of the Maryland National Capital Park Police. “This case was closed quickly due to great work and coordination by detectives from the Montgomery County Police and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police.”

jag May 13, 2014 at 04:35 PM
I assume Kim Cooke isn't being serious.
Deneen Morgan-Burley May 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM
I think conviction and serving his sentence is more important than deportation. He just raped one of our citizens. He should NOT get away with that. Will they guarantee his imprisonment if he's deported? If not, make him serve his sentence here. Deport him when it's over. Bar him from re-entry if it takes getting a written agreement from his native country's leaders.
wm c barker May 19, 2014 at 01:27 PM
deported for rape only to return and do again, hang him
Steven Spiegel June 11, 2014 at 09:20 PM
Why not just make the country do there job and start shooting them when they try to enter the country illegally . I don't understand why we allow illegals to walk all over us . And if your a white man and say this you become a instant racist ,
Steven Spiegel June 13, 2014 at 04:35 PM
Its not only the White Man who is tired of Illegal Immigrants coming here with no legal documentation the other races are starting to realize what is going to happen if we keep allowing it . Our crime rate is increasing and our job options are declining . We don't live in a home with 20 or more people in the home and we don't have bedrooms we can sleep in when the other people go to work and its your turn for the bed .We like to live with our families in a decent size home so our bills are much higher and we cant afford to work for cheep wages . I cant stand the American who flies the American flag on the 4th of July and then on the 5th picks up all his or her illegal workers for there business . A real true American would go out of there way to hire a Veteran or at least a Legal Immigrant. I have a small company and I refuse to hire anyone who is not legal in our country even though I could be a jerk and pay them 5 per hour less but then I become part of the problem. When will it all end ? When will America come to there senses and realize they are killing our country with allowing this to go on ? It will probably take until the computer programing jobs are all paying Minimum wage and all the yuppies are effected financially first and by then it will be to late ...

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