Thursday, February 16, 2023

PGPD Charges Man for Rape, Kidnapping & Carjacking; Met Victims on Dating App


Rodney Richardson

Sexual Assault Unit detectives identified and charged a Brandywine man with rape, kidnapping, handgun offenses, armed robbery and multiple additional charges. He’s 26-year-old Rodney Richardson. The Carjacking Interdiction Unit also charged him in connection with an armed carjacking in Brandywine earlier this month. In both cases, he met the victims on dating apps.


On February 12, 2023, detectives were notified of a sexual assault that occurred on February 10, 2023, in Brandywine. The preliminary investigation revealed Richardson met the victim, an adult male, on a popular dating app. The two agreed to meet in Brandywine. During that encounter, Richardson raped the victim at gunpoint. In addition, he drove the victim to the victim’s bank and forced him to take out money.


Through various investigative techniques, Richardson was identified and charged in connection with the rape.


In a separate case, the Carjacking Interdiction Unit identified and charged Richardson with an armed carjacking that occurred on February 2, 2023, in Brandywine. The preliminary investigation revealed Richardson met the victim, an adult male, on a dating app. When they met in person, Richardson carjacked the victim at gunpoint. After conducting a thorough investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest. He was located and taken into custody on February 13, 2023. He remains in the custody of the Department of Corrections.   


If anyone has information concerning Richardson, they are asked to please call Sexual Assault Unit detectives at 301-772-4908.     


Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.) Please refer to case number 23-0008863. 


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