Man charged in rape attempt at store

March 28, 1991|By Howard County Bureau of The Sun

A 41-year-old Randallstown man was charged yesterday with attempted rape and related charges in an attack on a 31-year-old Ellicott City store clerk that took place last summer while he was on parole.

The charge is one of three pending against Thomas Lightfoot involving attacks on women while he was on parole from a 1979 conviction for trying to kidnap a Columbia woman from a shopping center parking lot.

Lightfoot was also charged with assault and carrying a deadly weapon in the July 26 incident in which a man posing as a customer attacked the clerk at a store on Main Street.

The man lured the clerk to the second floor, where he pulled a knife and threatened to rape her. She was stabbed in the hand and hit on the head and then tied up and left.

Lightfoot has been held in the county jail since Jan. 14, when he was charged with attempted kidnapping and assault in a Jan. 9 attack a Columbia woman. In that case, a man pulled a knife on the woman in a post office parking lot. She fought her way free and fled.

Lightfoot also is charged in Baltimore with aggravated assault and a sex offense in connection with an attack at knifepoint on a 42-year-old Baltimore woman last Dec. 10.

Lightfoot, formerly of the 9700 block of Branchleigh Road in Randallstown, was convicted of attempted kidnapping in 1979 for trying to abduct a woman from Columbia Mall. He was serving an 11-year sentence when he was released on parole in April 1990.

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