A 36-year-old man has been arrested and charged with a series of rapes and attempted sexual assaults that have plagued the Randallstown area since early this month, Baltimore County police said today.
Ronald T. Jefferson, of the 9900 block of Hoyt Circle, was denied bail at a bail review hearing today, and is being held at the Parkville district lockup. He is charged with two counts of rape, two attempted rapes, three counts of burglary and one count of battery.
Jefferson is on parole for a 1987 rape and robbery conviction for which he served almost three years of a 10-year sentence.
Police said the attacker chose his victims -- three over age 60 -- at Randallstown-area shopping centers and followed them to their homes.
Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger said Jefferson has been charged with these attacks:
* On Sept. 4, a man with a knife forced his way into the home of a 25-year-old woman east of Randallstown after she returned from a grocery store. The man fled when the woman grabbed the telephone to call for help.
* On Sept. 11, a 75-year-old woman was attacked in her home west of Randallstown. The assailant slipped into the woman's kitchen as she carried in groceries from her car. The victim was thrown to the floor and sexually assaulted.
* On Sept. 24, a 61-year-old woman was raped in her kitchen by a man who entered her apartment after asking to use the telephone.
* On Sept. 26, a 71-year-old Pikesville woman was raped in her home by a man who apparently followed her home from shopping.
Police are investigating another case last Thursday in which a 64-year-old Randallstown woman was attacked after returning home from grocery shopping. No charges have been filed.
Jefferson, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, has been employed as a janitor for the past year at Villa Julie College on Greenspring Valley Road.
Virginia Tanner, a spokeswoman for the college, said today that Jefferson has been suspended from his position, effective today.
Police found physical evidence after the Sept. 4 attack that led to Jefferson's arrest. A maintenance uniform worn during one attack also helped in the arrest, police said.