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

7-24-2008 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. ..Source.. by Elahe Izadi | Staff Writer

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