A former county resident now living in Ohio was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexually assaulting a 72-year-old Jessup woman, who was attacked at her trailer on three occasions, county police said.
Alfred T. Hatfield, 27, formerly of the 8900 block of Washington Boulevard in Jessup, was arrested in Wood County, Ohio, where Hatfield had moved in January to be closer to his hometown near Toledo, police said.
Hatfield is charged with sexually assaulting an elderly resident of the Ark Trailer Park in the 8900 block of Washington Boulevard.
The assaults occurred in December 1988 and January and February of 1989, police said.
The woman reported that the attacker forced his way into her trailer, forced her to the bed, and indecently touched her, police said. She suffered minor injuries in each of the incidents.
A county police fingerprint expert obtained prints from the porch of the trailer, police said. The prints matched those that were on file for Hatfield.
Investigators from the Wood County sheriff's office in Ohio arrested Hatfield after receiving word that county police had issued an arrest warrant for him. He is charged in the warrantswith three counts of burglary and three counts of second-degree sexual offense.
Hatfield is also being investigated in connection withsimilar sexual offenses that occurred in Ohio, county police said. He has refused to waive his right to an extradition hearing, which hasbeen scheduled for May 17.
He is being held without bond while awaiting the hearing.
MEN WITH HANDGUN ROB FOOD MARKET
Two men, one armed with a silver handgun, held up a Columbia food market Thursday,escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash, county police said.
The men entered the Wawa Food Market, 10700 block of Hickory Ridge Road, shortly before 1 a.m. and began walking around the store. One of the men then approached the counter, pulled out a gun and demanded money, police said.
The other man stood lookout at the store entrance while his partner took the cash from two employees in the store, police said. Both men then ran from the area.
Police said no one wasinjured in the incident.
STATE INVESTIGATES ELLICOTT CITY FIRE
The state Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire that caused
an estimated $125,000 worth of damage Thursday to an Ellicott City home, county firefighters said.
Firefighters said two cars in the home's garage were destroyed and the family has been forced to move outwhile the damage is repaired.
The blaze began at approximately 3 a.m. in the 9900 block of Whitworth Way. A fire report said that the fire appeared to have begun in the garage and spread to the house.
The home is owned by Barbara Davis, firefighters said. She and threeother occupants of the home have been displaced from the house. Cause of the fire is under investigation by the state Fire Marshal.
*Acompilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police and state police:
5000 block of Beatrice Way: May 1, between 7 and 10 p.m., someone broke in through a rear sliding-glass door and stole jewelry.
9700 block of Country Meadows Lane: May 4, at approximately 1 p.m., someone broke into a home by smashing a rear window and stole cash and jewelry.
10700 block of Mid Summer Lane:May 6, someone broke into a home through a rear window and stole a microwave, camera equipment and a stereo.
9400 block of Farewell Road: May 8, someone broke into a home, was confronted by residents inside and ran away. The person is described as a white male in his early 20s, medium build, dark tan and curly brown hair.
3000 block of Oak Green Circle: May 3, a 1988 Pontiac Grand Am wasreported stolen from an apartment complex parking lot.
10200 block of Red Lion Tavern: May 3, a 1986 Toyota Tercel was reported stolenfrom a residential area.
3200 block of Wheaton Way: May 4, At approximately 10:15 p.m. two men were seen tampering with a 1991 Chevrolet Lumina in an apartment parking lot. Both men were scared off by a witness and fled in a blue Chevrolet Camaro Z28.
U.S. 29 near U.S.40: May 5, a 27-year-old man was arrested and charged with exposing himself to a couple while both parties were driving on U.S. 29. The couple notified a nearby police officer, who charged Leslie Morton of Pikesville.
3300 block of North Chatham Road: May 5, in the early morning someone stole a 1986 Chevrolet IROC Z from an apartment parking lot.
9600 block of Barrel House Road: May 7, someone entered through an unlocked door and stole cash.