Eastpoint doctor charged in third rape Physician denied bail in 1990 attack on TSU student.

January 15, 1992|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff

Leonard Charles Harris, the Eastpoint physician charged with the 1991 rapes of two White Marsh women, has now been charged with a similar attack on a Towson State University student in 1990.

Towson State University police charged the 37-year-old doctor after they noticed similarities between the attacks with which Harris was charged by Baltimore County police and the assault on the student.

Campus police Chief Stephen J. Murphy noted that the two White Marsh women, attacked in February and November, were assaulted in their homes during the day by a man with a handgun who wore gloves and red mesh material over his face.

The 21-year-old student, who was attacked in her Tower A dormitory room around noon July 26, 1990, also reported that her attacker wore red mesh over his face.

"That was the first thing we homed in on," said Murphy.

There were other similarities, Murphy said. In all three cases, the women were tied up with electrical cords the rapist found in their homes. And in all three cases, the rapist told the victims he was there only to rob them.

According to District Court charging documents, the attacker in the TSU case and the two White Marsh rapes also sprayed his victims' vaginal area with a lubricant before raping them.

Murphy said that Harris, who had been held in the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail, now is being held without bail.

Harris, who practiced in Eastpoint before his arrest, was appre

hended Nov. 29 in the White Marsh area after two women confronted a man hiding in one of their apartments.

The man grabbed one of the women and tried to drag her into her apartment, but he fled as county police arrived. After a brief car chase, police arrested Harris.

Inside the car, police said, were a red mesh shirt and brown gloves.

Police also found a silver handgun near the apartment complex where the attack occurred.

Harris has been charged with kidnapping and attempted murder in that incident.

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