Update: All charges were dismissed at a preliminary hearing Nov. 25, 2015 because the alleged victim did not cooperate in the case, according to the Baltimore County state’s attorney’s office.- Baltimore Sun
Original story (Aug 1, 2015)
Baltimore county police say Tavon James Horton met the victim on Facebook, lured her into a secluded area and violently assaulted her. Police say Tavon James Horton should be considered armed and dangerous.
“They did meet over in the Woodlawn area and once they met, the victim was led to a more secluded area,” said Elise Armacost, spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Department. “Horton pulled a gun on her and sexually assaulted her. This is a very disturbing, violent sexual assault and we’re really anxious to locate this suspect.”
Baltimore County.gov issued this statement on July 31st.
The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for a First Degree Sexual Assault with a handgun.
The investigation into this incident has indicated that just before 6 p.m. on July 25, the victim, a 31-year-old transgender woman, met the suspect in the 3400 block of Gaither Road 21244 in Precinct 2/Woodlawn. They had previously met on-line, and after becoming acquainted on Facebook agreed to meet in person. The victim and suspect went for a walk that eventually took them off the footpath. As they walked away from the footpath, the suspect produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim and told the victim to enter the tree line area around a nearby field. While in the tree line area, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim. After the assault, the suspect and the victim exited the wooded area and the suspect ran off.
Detectives were able to identify the suspect based on information given to them by the victim.
The suspect has been identified as Tavon James Horton (24) of the 7900 block of Stowe Court 21244. Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant that charges Horton with first-degree assault, first-degree sex offense, and related charges.
Detectives consider Tavon James Horton armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on Tavon James Horton is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.