Police charge man in attacks Sex crimes on woman, 76, went unreported.

December 16, 1991|By Richard Irwin and Monica Norton | Richard Irwin and Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff

A bail review hearing was set today for a 31-year-old Ferndale man charged with burglary, robbery and sex offenses against an elderly woman who was allegedly attacked by the man twice last month before he was arrested over the weekend.

Anne Arundel County police said that out of apparent fear that she would be attacked again, the woman did not report two incidents that occurred in November.

And, police said, the woman received treatment at an unknown location for injuries as serious as a broken spine without arousing attention that she had been victimized.

A police spokesman said today the victim told doctors she fell down a flight of steps when she was treated for her back injury. The woman's daughter eventually persuaded her to go to police.

Police said William Anthony Burgess, of the 100 block of Linden Ave., was arrested early Saturday after the victim, 76, reported that someone was trying to break into her Ferndale home.

After a chase, Burgess was arrested and taken to North Arundel Hospital, where he was treated for a minor head injury that police said he received while attempting to elude officers.

Later, a court commissioner ordered Burgess to be held in the county's detention center without bail pending today's bail review hearing.

Police said Burgess is charged with breaking into the woman's home Nov. 24 and attacking her when she investigated a noise.

Police said the intruder dragged the woman to an upstairs room, where he fondled her after tying a garment around her head to prevent her from seeing his face.

During a struggle, however, the woman removed the garment and recognized the man, who is known around the neighborhood, police said.

Police said the man then beat the woman and dragged her around a room before robbing her of $30.

That attack broke her spine, police said. She also suffered multiple bruises and bite marks.

On Nov. 28, the same man broke into the woman's home and again sexually assaulted her, police said. He robbed her of $80.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, a man tried to break into the woman's home but fled when she called out his name.

Officers Charles Simms and Paul Merkel responded to a 911 call and captured Burgess as he hid behind a bush a few blocks from the victim's home.

Police said the woman did not report the first two attacks, apparently out of fear that the man would return and kill her.

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