EDGEWOOD, Md. (WMAR) — Harford County sheriff's deputies are looking for the man they say kidnapped a woman and tried abducting a teenage girl minutes before on Saturday.
Authorities spent Saturday evening looking for 36-year-old Devon Allen Odell Scott. According to the sheriff's office, Scott approached a 17-year-old girl in the parking lot of Food Lion off of Hanson Road in Edgewood. He asked the girl to call him a cab before grabbing her arm and attempted to get into her vehicle.
The victim was able to get away and call for help.
Moments later, deputies were called to the 700 block of Monticello Court. A 21-year-old woman told investigators she was approached by a man in the same parking lot. During that incident, deputies say Scott made his way into her car and brandished a knife, forcing her to drive to nearby location.
When they stopped, Scott tried getting the woman to undress, but she was able to break free and run to get help.
"It definitely appears that these victims did not know this suspect at all which, again, makes this suspect even more scary and potentially even more dangerous for people out there right now because we don't have him in custody yet," Col. William Davis, with the sheriff's office, said.
Scott then took off with the victim's car.
Sheriff's deputies, K9 units, and even the Maryland State Police Aviation unit searched the area, ultimately finding the victim's car, but no trace of Scott.
After further investigations, the sheriff's office tells WMAR Scott may be linked to two similar incidents that happened in the last two months. One of the cases involved another woman who claims Scott raped her. Investigators are also looking into an August 5th incident where a woman says she picked up a man who'd been hacking.
The woman told authorities the man hopped in the car and started wielding a knife, demanding her to drive to Harford County where he raped her.
The Harford County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may see Devon Scott to not make contact as he is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, you're asked to give authorities a call.