Woman Raped In Linthicum

Police beat

March 04, 1991

A woman was driven to a secluded area of Linthicum Saturday morning and raped, Anne Arundel County police said.

The victim had accepted a ride from a man in Baltimore at about 6:30 a.m. and was taken toan unpopulated area near River and Nursery roads, police said.

After the rape, she escaped into the woods and made her way to a residence, where she called for help, police said.

The victim was taken to North Arundel Hospital, where she was treated and released, police said.

Police described the suspect as a white male in his late 20s, medium build, with dirty blond air and a mustache.

MAN, 31, CHARGED WITH THREE RAPES

Police arrested a 31-year-old man Saturday night, charging him with raping two women -- one of them twice.

Michael DeVaughn Armstead, who police say lives at the Ritchie Hotel in Brooklyn, was charged with three counts of rape and three countsof breaking and entering.

Police spokesman V. Richard Molloy saidthe man could be charged today with two additional rape charges in Anne Arundel. Molloy said Armstead could also be charged with rapes inHoward County.

Armstead was arrested in the Lynn Hill apartment complex in Linthicum after police responded to a breaking-and-enteringcall at a home on Lynvue Road in Linthicum.

Police in the sex offense unit, staking out areas in North County because of the rape crimes, responded to the complaint because the suspect matched the description of the man they were looking for.

Armstead is charged with raping a woman in January 1989 and in September 1990 on Dove Road in Glen Burnie and another woman last month who lived on Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn Park.

Molloy said people in the community were getting anxious about the attacks.

"They were starting to get nervous," he said.

"In the last year and a half, there have been five rapes and five breaking and enterings in the area."

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