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 May 2nd, 2008  
Detectives looking for additional victims of Maryland sex offender arrested in St. Lucie County, Sheriff Ken J. Mascara announces
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s detectives are contacting Treasure Coast law agencies looking for possible local victims of an accused Maryland rapist, Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said today.

“Richard Arden Robinson (DOB 4/6/64) is accused of a violent, armed rape in Montgomery County, Md., in July 2005,” Sheriff Mascara said. “For the safety of the public, I’m thankful our detectives were able to identify and arrest Robinson to prevent the possibility of future crimes by this defendant.”

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office first arrested Robinson on March 8 for disorderly conduct, Sheriff Mascara said. He was released from jail March 26 and assigned to the jurisdiction of the mental health court.

Robinson is accused of the July 2005 rape of a pre-operative transgender man in Montgomery County, Md. Detectives in that case were able to preserve a DNA sample of the defendant’s bodily fluids and identify Robinson as the rapist.

Montgomery County, Md., police detectives became aware of Robinson’s St. Lucie County arrest through the national criminal information database maintained by the F.B.I. Montgomery County investigators contacted St. Lucie Sheriff’s detectives April 8, Sheriff Mascara said.

“On the basis of information from the Montgomery County police in Maryland, our detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for a DNA sample from Robinson,” Sheriff Mascara said.

Detectives here took Robinson into custody April 22 in front of the St. Lucie County courthouse in downtown Fort Pierce, where Robinson had a scheduled court hearing.

St. Lucie Sheriff’s detectives are now checking with other Treasure Coast law agencies to see if Robinson may have committed any crimes here similar to the 2005 rape he is accused of committing in Montgomery County, Md.

Those with information are asked to contact St. Lucie Sheriff’s detective offices at 772-462-3230, 9-1-1 in St. Lucie County or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477 (“TIPS.”) Crime Stoppers tipsters can be eligible for cash rewards for tips leading to arrest, and Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous.

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