A 38-year-old Harundale woman was raped Sunday afternoon by a man who had posed the week before as a salesman asking for donations to a senior citizens club.
Detectives said they have received no complaints about solicitors from residents of the community near Harundale Mall. They said the rapist used the ploy to check out the house and the woman ahead of time.
At 1:45 p.m. the rapist walked in the house, probably through an unlocked door, police believe.
He tried to strangle the woman and punched her several times before dragging her into the bedroom and raping her.
The woman managed to escape when a ringing phone startled the rapist. She ran to a neighbor's house and called the police.
The woman described the rapist as white, about 6 feet tall with a medium build and long blond hair. He was wearing blue jeans and a jacket and had an earring in his left ear.
2 WOMEN ROBBED BY MAN WITH STICK
Two women were robbed Sunday evening when a man armed with a wooden stick walked into their Brooklyn Park home through an unlocked door.
Detectives said the robber threatened to hit the women with the stick if they did not turn over their cash. The man ransacked the house and put the money in a black bag he was carrying.
Police described the robber as a white man, about 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was in his early 30s and had long brown hair. He waswearing a black ski cap, a dark coat and blue jeans.
BASKETBALL PLAYER HURT BY SHOT AT BUS
A 19-year-old woman was injured Friday whensomeone fired a pellet gun at the bus in which she was riding.
County police said the girl was a member of a basketball team from Toledo, Ohio, that was on its way to the University of Maryland for a game. The bus was shot at on Benfield Boulevard at 8:30 p.m.
The woman was treated for a cut on her forehead by paramedics. She refused togo to the hospital, police said.
GLEN BURNIE MAN ROBBED BY GUNMAN
A Glen Burnie man was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night behind an Annapolis recreation center, city police said.
James E. Smith Jr., 39, of the 7800 block of Americana Drive, told police that he was walking behind the recreation center in the Eastport Terrace public housing complex when a man came up to him and pointed a gun at his face. The gunman escaped with $160, police said.
BALTIMORE MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES
A Baltimore man was arrested on drug charges early yesterdayafter officers found 14 bags of suspected crack cocaine stashed in his car, Annapolis police said.
Reginald White Jr., 26, of the 9400block of Seven Courts Drive, was charged with possession of cocaine and crack cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute and distributing within a school zone, police said.
An Annapolis officer, who was checking an open-air drug market in the Robinwood public housing complex, noticed a 1988 Ford Escort GT parked with its lights on shortly after midnight. The officer searched the car and discovered 14small bags containing rocks of suspected crack cocaine and a wax paper filled with cocaine, city police said.
White was released on bail later yesterday morning. City police confiscated his Ford Escort and other possessions in the car.
HOOKER CRACKDOWN CONTINUES IN CAPITAL
Annapolis police officers dressed as prostitutes charged three more men with solicitation over the weekend in the latest action in anongoing undercover investigation.
One man was arrested early Sunday morning after he allegedly offered to pay $15 for sex. The other two were arrested within 10 minutes, shortly after midnight, police said.
Police identified the men as Dean Allan Hopkins, 32, of the 1000 block of Kensington Way in Annapolis; John Leslie Farrell, 36, of Silverwood Circle in Annapolis; and Eric Leon Boston, 29, of no fixedaddress.
All three men allegedly offered to pay $15 or $20 for sex and agreed to go with the undercover officer to a parking lot next to the Goodwill Industries store in the 200 block of West Street.
Police have been cracking down on prostitution on West Street in recent months, arresting a half-dozen women on prostitution charges and twice as many men on charges of soliciting undercover officers.
100 block of Alton Road: March 18, entry gained through the door. Air compressor taken. Total loss: $265.
300 block of Dubois Road: March 20, entry gained through the window. Videocassette recorder taken. Total loss: $400.
Unit block of Eton Overlook: March 22, entry gained through the window. Money and a portable stereo taken. Total loss: unknown.