COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ)–Police have charged a Howard County man in the sexual assault of an elderly woman on Sunday.

Michael Lawrence Pinkney, 54, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with eight counts of various sex offenses and one count each of assault and kidnapping.

The 86-year-old victim told police she was waiting at a bus stop in the 7000-block of Cradlerock Way around 2:45 p.m. when an unknown man drove up and offered her a ride. She got into the car and began directing the man where to drive when he turned into an empty business complex parking lot in the 10600-block of Little Patuxent Parkway.

The woman reported that the suspect parked, pulled her from the car and sexually assaulted her in nearby woods–for approximately two hours. He then fled and she walked to a nearby gas station, where a customer called 911. She was transported to Howard County General Hospital, where she received treatment for her injuries and was released.

She could only provide a limited description of the suspect, but reported he was driving a dark convertible sedan with tan interior.

Detectives were able to track a vehicle matching the description through use of surveillance video in the area.  After conducting a search of the area, patrol officers located a black BMW convertible with tan interior, which was registered to Pinkney.

After further investigation linking him to the crime, detectives served a search warrant at Pinkney’s home and arrested him early Thursday morning.

Pinkney is currently being held at the Howard County Detention Center on no bond.

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