Tipoff leads to capture of fugitive rapist Prisoner saw wanted man in newspaper, told police.

May 16, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A convicted rapist, charged in a warrant with violating his probation, was arrested last night after a man who knows the fugitive spotted his picture on the front page of The Evening Sun and told police where they could find him.

Willie J. McCoy, 41, was arrested without incident about 9:45 p.m. in a house in the 700 block of E. Chase St., police said. He was being held without bail pending a bail review hearing today in District Court.

McCoy had been charged with raping a 9-year-old girl in March 1990 while the victim's mother was about to give birth to McCoy's son in a local hospital.

Police said while McCoy was "baby-sitting" the woman's daughter and another son, he entered the girl's bedroom and raped her.

A week later, the victim was examined by a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital and found to have contracted gonorrhea, police said.

During an interview at the hospital, the girl told of the attack. McCoy was arrested and charged with first-degree rape and child abuse.

McCoy subsequently entered into an agreement with the state, pleading guilty to second-degree rape and child abuse. Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lavon Johnson gave McCoy a 30-year suspended sentence, placed him on supervised probation for five years and ordered him to stay away from the rape victim.

McCoy allegedly violated probation by giving his probation officer several phony addresses. A warrant was issued for his arrest but, until last night, he had successfully eluded capture.

According to Sgt. Stanley Heddings, a man arrested for a minor violation was being processed at the Eastern District last night when he looked down at the turnkey's desk and saw McCoy's picture on the front page of The Evening Sun.

"I know that son of a bitch and where's he's staying," the prisoner told the turnkey.

Heddings said the newspaper was passed around to officers in the station.

After confirming that a sheriff's warrant was outstanding for McCoy's arrest, Officer James Maxey and others left the station and went to 712 E. Chase St.

"There were a few people in the house when we entered and asked if McCoy was there," said Maxey.

After a few minutes, McCoy came down from a second-floor room and surrendered peacefully.

"It was no big deal," said Maxey.

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