Victims in Overlea abduction recount harrowing ordeal in court

December 14, 1991|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun B

A 40-year-old bank branch manager told a Baltimore County Circuit Court jury yesterday how she had settled in front of her television on the evening of July 8 when a man with a gun entered the unlocked storm door of her Overlea home.

She described an eight-hour nightmare for herself and her two daughters, ages 16 and 20, in which two men held them captive in their home, forced the mother to drive them around for hours, and forced her to rob her employer, the Sequoia Federal Savings Bank in the 8000 block of Belair Road.

In testimony yesterday, the woman and her daughters identified their tormentors as defendants Ricky Andrew Bailey of the 1900 block of Haselmere Road, Dundalk, and David Wayne Hall of the 7800 block of Oakdale Avenue, Rosedale.

The men, both 30, are charged with first-degree rape and sexual abuse of the older daughter, both punishable by life sentences, and kidnapping, robbery, burglary, use of a handgun, and a third-degree sexoffense against the 16-year-old.

Shaking and crying, the 20-year-old told the jury both men tied her wrists to the bedposts, cut off her clothing with a knife, and raped her, while threatening to kill her youngest sister and warning her not to cry out -- or even to cry.

Her mother and 16-year-old sister lay bound with tape in another room, and didn't know of the rape until after the men left them after the 7 a.m. bank robbery July 9.

The men threatened to kill the 16-year-old if the women didn't do as they were told, the mother testified.

They demanded money, jewelry and drugs, yet Mr. Bailey offered to buy a pack of cigarettes from the mother, she said.

The women testified the men also frightened them with their knowledge of the family, including where the daughters' grandparents lived.

At about 3:30 a.m., the men made the mother drive around the Beltway, then into Harford County, until 7 a.m. when she could enter the bank without sounding the alarm, she testified.

While Mr. Hall guarded the daughters in a parking lot, the mother and Mr. Bailey drove to the bank, where she grabbed $4,364 and $14,500 in traveler's checks.

They returned to the lot and picked up the others.

Subsequently the men ordered the mother to drop them off and left, she said.

A bank teller identified Mr. Hall in court yesterday as one of two men she'd seen loitering by a pickup truck near the bank weeks before the robbery, whose license plate number she recorded.

The tag was registered to Mr. Hall.

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