Baltimore Man Charged With 2nd-degree Rape Of 14-year-old

December 01, 1991|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff writer

A Baltimore man has been arrested in the Aug. 22 rape of a 14-year-old girl in Laurel.

William Lee Bebber, 55, of the 700 block of Snowberry Court, turned himself in to police on Tuesday after being charged through an arrest warrant with second-degree rape.

The victim in the attack identified Bebber's picture from a photoarray that contained five other look-a-like suspects, court records said.

However, Bebber has denied the charge and has provided an alibi that detectives are investigating, police said.

The attack occurred shortly after midnight as the girl was walking in the 9700 block of Covered Wagon Drive, near a friend's home she had just left, court records said.

A stranger in a white automobile began driving slowly alongside her and she began to walk more quickly to elude him. But the man got out of the car and lunged toward her, catching her from behind, the court papers said.

The man pushed her to the ground,struck her in the head with his fist, and raped her, police said.

On Aug. 28, the victim met with a police crime lab technician, who assembled a sketch of the suspect using an "Identi-kit," which builds pictures of crime suspects using overlays of individual facial features.

The sketch was printed in the Nov. 6 issue of The Howard County Sun, and a citizen called police to say she knew a man who looked like the suspect, court records said. The caller gave the man's name as William Lee Bebber.

A detective obtained Bebber's photograph from Baltimore County police, who had previously arrested Bebber on an unrelated charge.

The victim "identified the picture of (Bebber) asthe person who forcibly raped her on Aug. 22," the court records said.

Bebber turned himself in at police headquarters but vehemently denied the charge.

He is being held on $50,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

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