Editors Note: An investigation revealed this reported rape was falsified. Read the full story, here.
A woman told police a man broke into her home in Whiteford and attempted to sexually assault her early Wednesday morning.
Deputies responded to the 1600 block of Main Street in Whiteford at 2:28 a.m. for a reported burglary and sexual assault, according to a release.
The 40-year-old woman also told police the man had a weapon, according to the sheriff’s office. She told police the suspect punched her, cut her and then attempted to sexually assault her.
Police said a barking dog might have caused the suspect to stop.
Deputies searched the area and posted a lookout with Pennsylvania State Police, but were not able to locate the man.
According to police, the suspect was described as a black man, 25-30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He had short black hair, and was wearing a black hoodie and jeans at the time the incident.
The victim suffered minor injuries and was transported to Harford Memorial Hospital for treatment
Deputies are continuing their investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joseph Peters of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 410-836-5014.