Clinic doctor held in break-ins, rapes Man in custody in lieu of $500,000 bond.

December 06, 1991

A physician employed at a medical clinic in the North Point area of Baltimore County remained in custody today at the detention center in Towson in lieu of $500,000 bond following charges he raped two women at gunpoint and tried to kill another.

Arrested last week following a police chase in Perry Hall was Dr. Leonard Charles Harris, 37, of the 2500 block of Arland Road in White Marsh.

Harris, according to police, worked as an internist at the Central Medical Center in North Point.

Harris was charged with breaking into a second-floor apartment of a 27-year-old woman in White Marsh last Friday while she was away briefly. The woman returned, heard noises and went to the apartment of an older woman to call police. The two women saw a man leave the building and followed him. He pointed a handgun at the older woman but dropped it and fled in a car when he heard a police siren. The gun was a BB pistol.

Police chased a car to Perry Hall and arrested the driver, identified as Harris.

Police also charged Harris with raping two women in their Rossville apartments in two separate incidents on Nov. 10 and Feb. 7.

In the November incident, Harris is charged with entering the woman's apartment through an unlocked sliding glass door and accosting her as she lay on a living room sofa while watching TV.

The woman later told police she was forced into her bedroom, where a man tied her hands with a belt and raped her.

In the February rape, the mother of a 3-year-old girl told police she was returning to her apartment from the laundry room when she discovered a man with a gun hiding in her bathroom.

The woman told police she struggled with the man but was forced into her living room, where the assailant tied her hands with a telephone cord and raped her.

Police said Harris was working at the Eastside Medical Clinic in the 1200 block of E. Monument St. at the time of the February rape.

He later was fired from the clinic because of leaving work early and not letting people know where he was.

Police declined to discuss what led them to place rape charges against Harris.

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