Rapist Scared Off By Witnesses Screams

Police, fire log

May 01, 1991

Several passers-by on a Centennial Park bike path screamed and scared off a man suspected of raping a 26-year-old Ellicott City woman at about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The woman, who had been jogging around thenorth end of Centennial Park, was grabbed from behind by a man who then forced her off the pathway and into nearby bushes 3 feet away, county police said. The assailant hit the woman's face as he raped her,police said.

The assailant ran away after passers-by screamed when they saw him attacking the woman, police said. The passers-by helped the victim and called police. The woman was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where she was treated for the assault, cuts and scrapes.

ILLUSTRATION: ILLUSTRATION

CAPTION: RAPE SUSPECT

Composite sketch from police

STUDENT, 16, CHARGED WITH STARTING FIRE

State fire marshal officials have charged a 16-year-old Howard High freshman withdelinquency in connection with a fire that caused $45,000 in damage to the gymnasium and surrounding classrooms in the high school Monday.

The youth was arrested at 2 p.m. Monday and released into the custody of his parents. The student has been suspended pending the outcome of juvenile proceedings. No trial date has been set,but if convicted, the student could be forced to pay up to $5,000, said Deputy Chief Robert Thomas, a state fire marshal spokesman.

Two large, foam rubber gym mats caught fire underneath a porch outside the school gymnasium at 7:52 a.m., county fire and rescue services said.

Fire service personnel extinguished the blaze, which caused moderate exterior structural damage and moderate smoke damage to the interior of theschool.

Kathy Johnston, a 42-year-old physical education teacher,received a minor cut to her hand while opening the fire extinguisher cabinet. Johnston was treated on the scene. No students were injured.

The school was evacuated and classes resumed one hour later. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

KITCHEN FIRE CAUSES $9,000 IN DAMAGES

The kitchen in an Elkridge home where several mentally handicapped people live caught fire at approximately 9:14 a.m.Monday, causing $9,000 in damage, said county fire and rescue services.

One of the residents, Ryan Waldorf, 24, and the facility's caretaker, Tim Johnson, 27, were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation at the residence in the 6100 block of Kyle Leaf Court.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze.

KILLED TRUCK DRIVER IDENTIFIED BY POLICE

Police identified the dump truck driver killed Friday when his vehicle went out of control on west Route 32 in Columbia as Jeffrey James Baldwin, 23, of Lanham.

Baldwin apparently jumped from the truck when the truck's brakes failed and the vehicle crossed over into the opposite lane, heading for the lawn of a nearbyresidence. He was crushed by the rear wheels of his truck, which later struck an eastbound truck, police said.

Baldwin was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore, wherehe was pronounced dead on arrival.

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