An Ellicott City woman reported she was raped at home Wednesday after a man broke in and demanded her money, county police said.
The 28-year-old victim reported that a man wearing a stocking over his face forced his way into her home shortly before 8:15 p.m. and ordered her to give him cash. Police say the woman handed over $2 andthe man then raped her.
A state police helicopter and a county police K-9 team searched the neighborhood around the Waverly Woods Drive home, but the suspect had fled the area.
Police say two burglaries and one attempted burglary were reported in the neighborhood on the same evening. The thief stole small amounts of cash and electronic equipment.
Anyone with information on the rape or the burglaries is asked to call county police at 313-2266 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 276-8888.
TOWN HOUSE FIRE BEING INVESTIGATED
The state Fire Marshal's office is investigating a Columbia town house fire Wednesday that caused an estimated $75,000 worth of damage and forced three people from their home.
The fire began shortly before 10:50 p.m. in the5300 block of Eliots Oak Road, firefighters said. No one was injuredin the fire.
Forced from the home were the three occupants, Phil Marsh, 24, Shawn Broomell, 22, and Sharidan Johnson, 26. All three are being assisted by the Red Cross in finding other housing.
HUNTING INFRACTIONS DOWN AT PATAPSCO
Park rangers at Patapsco Valley State Park arrested 45 people for hunting violations during the past season, a 42 percent drop from the previous year, state officials said.
The decrease is believed to be a result of increased poaching patrols in recent years, said Chris Bushman, the assistant park manager.
Bushman said the number of hunting citations also fell, from 96 in the 1989 season to 76 in 1990s. Violations range from failure to wearfluorescent orange clothing to spotlighting while in possession of high-power rifles.
Park rangers see the decreases in arrests and citations as a positive sign, Bushman said.
"We're hopeful that thisis indicative of people becoming more aware that they'll be caught if they're poaching in the park," Bushman said, adding that the numberof reported complaints and violations also dropped this past season.
The hunting season runs from Sept. 1 to Jan. 31. Most of the arrests and citations this season were for illegal deer-hunting activity,Bushman said.
Patapsco Valley State Park extends from Sykesville in Carroll County to northern Anne Arundel County and includes approximately 15,000 acres of woodlands. The park is home to many species of wildlife, including deer, fox, raccoons, squirrels and rabbits.
Approximately 13 park rangers patrol the park on foot, on motorcycles and on four-wheel-drive vehicles. Most of the citations issued thisyear were for hunting in a non-designated area.
One arrest led tofines of more than $3,000 for two men accused of using high-power rifles during the closed season on deer hunting. The men were also ordered to give up their rifles and the all-terrain vehicle they were riding.
Other citations were issued for hunting on Sunday, hunting without a license, and failure to display the appropriate hunting license.
A compilation of some of the crimes reported to state police and Howard County police:
4900 block Columbia Road: Jan. 30, a1991 Hyundai Sonata car was stolen sometime before 11:55 p.m. from aresidential parking lot.10400 block Little Patuxent Parkway: Jan. 29, a 1991 Pontiac Gran Prix was reported stolen at 5:30 p.m. from a business parking lot.5400 block Sleeping Dog: Jan. 25, Jan. 25, severalpieces of jewelry and electronic equipment were reported stolen at 11 p.m. from a home entered through a rear basement door.5000 block Columbia Road: Jan. 24, a 1988 Isuzu Trooper was reported stolen at 4:30 a.m. from a residential parking lot.6300 block Golden Hook: Jan. 24, a videocassette recorder was reported stolen at 9 p.m. from a home entered through a basement window.9500 block Pamplona Road: Jan. 24,several pieces of jewelry and electronic equipment were reported stolen at 7:15 p.m. from a home entered through a basement door.
11800 block Triadelphia Road: Jan. 28, cash and jewelry were reported stolen at 9 p.m. from a home that was forcibly entered.
3000 block Oak Green Circle: Jan. 27, a 1987 Mazda RX-7 car was reported stolen at 3:30 a.m. from a residential parking lot.
10300 block Pinehurst Court: Jan. 23, cash, jewelry, and electronic equipment were reported stolen at 2:45 p.m. from a home entered through a basement window.