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MD- Suspected online rapist kills himself after police stand-off

7-30-2008 Maryland:

A 33-year-old Suitland man suspected of raping women he met on, a community and networking Web site, died July 23 after he shot himself during a police barricade in Hyattsville.

Mark Humphries, 33, of the 4100 block of Suitland Road barricaded himself for several hours yesterday in a Hyattsville apartment, located in the 4200 block of Oglethorpe Street, according to a police news release.

Humphries is suspected of nine rapes in Prince George’s County over the past several months, including a July 14 rape that occurred on Malcolm Road. Police say they suspect he met at least eight of his victims through

Police arrived at the Hyattsville apartment at about 12:30 p.m. July 23 with a warrant for his arrest, and after several hours of a stand-off, they heard a gun shot. Humphries shot himself one time in his upper body, and was transported to a hospital for his injuries. He died at 10:30 p.m, according to police.

Police ruled his death a suicide, but will continue investigating the rapes.

“There might be other victims involved, and they’ll wrap up the investigation,“ Prince George’s County Police spokesman Stephen Pacheco said. ..News Source.. by Elahe Izadi | Staff Writer

See also, Washington Post "Serial Rape Suspect's Trail Of Clues Leads to Violent End"

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