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Maryland man sought for multiple rapes captured

Routine traffic stop in Virginia leads to arrest
Posted at 6:11 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 18:11:09-04

BEL AIR, Md. — The hunt for 37-year-old Devon Allen Odell Scott who allegedly attacked four women, raping two of them, in a single day, ended with a routine traffic stop.

"Yesterday, about mid-day, the suspect in this case, Mr. Scott, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in Richmond, Virginia," said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler.

Police there ran Scott's name and arrested him after they learned he had two outstanding warrants.

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The warrant from Harford County came after Scott allegedly grabbed a 17-year-old girl's arm and tried to drag her into a vehicle in the Food Lion parking lot just off Hanson Road in Edgewood on Saturday.

A short time later, a second victim reported the same man jumped into the passenger seat of her car in the same lot and forced her to drive him to a separate location at knifepoint, but she managed to escape and called police.

"I actually canceled my lunch plans on Monday, because I didn't want to be in this area where I heard that he was abducting or hurting women," said a woman in the shopping center who did not wish to be identified.

On that same day, Baltimore City police report Scott raped a 28-year-old woman in a vehicle on North Mount Street at three o'clock in the morning, and yet another potential victim has now come forward in Harford County claiming he raped her Saturday morning at 10:30am.

That's four attacks within 24 hours, and one police are still investigating from six weeks ago.

"Our first involvement with him, which happened back in early August, he was actually picked up in a ride with a female subject from Baltimore City and drove to the Edgewood area," said Gahler. "We're very thankful that he was found in Richmond, Virginia so quickly, but many people were on the lookout. Generally, this is not what we have in Harford County and this individual is responsible for some very serious offenses."