A former Ellicott City resident who lived on historic Main Street has been charged with raping two of his neighbors and attempting to rape a third, all of whom lived within walking distance of the man's home, county police said.
Key to the case are FBI laboratory tests that show a DNA match between the suspect's blood and semen from hospital exams of two victims, court records said.
John Daniel Kelly, 23, who lived in the 8500 block of Main Street, was charged Friday with two counts each of first-degree rape and first-degree sex offenses in connection with the attacks, which occurred in August 1989 and May 1990.
Kelly also faces three charges of breaking and entering and one count of assault with intent to rape, police said.
He was arrested at the Jessup Pre-release Center, wherehe had been held since April on a violation of probation charge, said Thomas M. Martin, a county police detective.
Kelly is now being held without bond at the Brockbridge Correctional Institute in Jessup.
In each case, the women reported that a man matching Kelly's description broke in during the middle of the night and threatened to hurt them if they did not comply with his sexual demands, police said.
The first attack occurred Aug. 3, 1989, when a 19-year-old woman who lived in the 8300 block of Court Avenue was raped after a strangerbroke in and woke her up from the couch, Martin said.
The man told the victim that he had a gun, but no weapon was displayed, Martin said.
Another attack occurred May 5, 1990, when a 35-year-old resident of the 8400 block of Hill Street reported being raped after a manbroke in through a rear window. No weapon was shown.
Fifteen dayslater, a 63-year-old woman reported that a man armed with a knife broke in to her Main Street home, pushed her on the bed and attempted to rape her, but ran off when she began screaming, court records said.
Shortly after the last attack, police officers in the area of Main Street spotted Kelly walking along the road, Martin said. After a brief interview with Kelly, investigators identified him as a suspect and obtained a court order allowing them to take a blood sample from him.
The blood and semen samples were sent to the FBI crime lab inWashington in August 1990.
Last week, after more than a year of waiting for the test results, "investigators received official documentation from the FBI that Kelly's blood sample matched the vaginal swabs taken from both victims through DNA profiling," court records said.
Police said it is not unusual for DNA analysis, a relatively newtool to law enforcement officers, to take several months to complete, since the FBI crime lab is backed up with hundreds of requests frompolice agencies throughout the country.
Kelly was arrested in April for violating the conditions of his probation on a breaking-and-entering conviction in Baltimore County, Martin said.
According to court records, Kelly, who was employed as a laborer for a roofing firmat the time of the attacks, has a record that includes arrests for burglary, possession of controlled dangerous substances and alcohol violations.