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Montgomery County police arrest and charge a North Carolina man with rape and sexual assault in a 41-year-old case

Montgomery County police arrested Marion Edward Pearson Jr., 65, for rape and sexual assault that took place in Silver Spring in April and June 1981, police said in a Tuesday news release.

In March, Cold Case Unit detectives: Alyson Dupouy and Tara Augustin, and forensic specialists from the County Crime Lab’s Biology Unit identified the April 1981 open case and submitted DNA evidence for further testing.

In October, it was determined that Pearson, Jr. of Durham, NC, was a DNA match, according to police.

Pearson, Jr. was a Prince George’s County resident who was visiting the University of Maryland College Park area, police said. He had previously been arrested multiple times between 1980 and 1999 on charges including assault and indecent exposure, police said.

He had also served 22 years in a North Carolina prison for a series of first-degree rapes for which he was released in 2020, the MCPD press release said.

According to police, the first incident happened on April 20, 1981, when Pearson Jr. was living in Prince George’s County. A woman was assaulted and raped around the 1800 block of University Boulevard West in Silver Spring. Police collected DNA evidence from the incident.

Police stated that on June 13, 1981, a second victim was also assaulted and sexually assaulted near Connecticut Avenue off Denfield Road in Silver Spring, with a similar description and pattern of the suspect.

Using the DNA match and the two similar cases, officers obtained an arrest warrant for Pearson Jr., charging him with “first-degree rape, false imprisonment, robbery, and assault for the April 1981 rape and attempted first-degree rape.” , false imprisonment and assault for the June 1981 attack,” the MCPD press release said. He was then arrested Monday in coordination with the Durham County Sheriff’s Department.

According to police, Pearson Jr. is currently awaiting extradition to Maryland.

Because Pearson Jr. has a long history of crimes in both Maryland and North Carolina, police said they believe there could be more victims.

The MCPD urged anyone who believes they are a victim or those who have additional information about the suspect to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 240-773-5070 or call 1-866-411- Contact TIPS toll-free at Crime Solvers of Montgomery County (8477). Police say callers can remain anonymous.

Court records did not currently contain attorney information for Pearson Jr.

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