City police last night pressed their manhunt for Calvin Mayo III, the suspect wanted in the abduction, rape and extortion of a 27-year-old Johns Hopkins School of Medicine student Friday.
"The entire Eastern District is looking for him, and it should only be a matter of time until we get him," said a detective in the homicide unit.
Mr. Mayo, 32, whose last known address was in the 1800 block of E. Madison St., is charged with kidnapping, first-degree rape, extortion, assault, battery, two counts of robbery, malicious destruction of property, and possession of a deadly weapon. According to Sgt. John Bevilacqua of the Eastern District, police yesterday received three anonymous telephone tips that Mr. Mayo was spotted in East Baltimore. Officers were quickly dispatched to those locations, but did not find him.
"We feel very confident we'll catch him," the sergeant said. "He was allegedly involved in a very violent crime against an innocent victim. When we do find him, he will be approached as if he is armed because that's what he told the victim."
He said all patrol officers in East Baltimore have been given photographs of Mr. Mayo and are paying particular attention to certain neighborhoods.
"We're looking at his old hangouts, the homes of friends, and we're seeing if he tries to make contact with any relatives," Sergeant Bevilacqua said.
According to a police report, the victim was abducted by a man about 7:30 a.m. Friday in the 800 block of N. Wolfe St. She was forced to go to a nearby vacant house where her purse and school bag were rifled by the attacker.
The man then raped the woman after beating her in the arms and legs with a board.
The victim then was forced to call her boyfriend, and the attacker demanded a $200 ransom that was later deposited on the trunk of a parked car in an alley behind the vacant house.
The woman was released and called police. She was treated for her injuries at Mercy Medical Center.
The attack brought additional demands from employees and students at the sprawling Hopkins complex. In February, a doctor was abducted, choked and left for dead after he was attacked in the Hopkins parking lot.
Elaine Freeman, director of public affairs for Hopkins, said yesterday the victim was a student at the medical school who was attending a clinical clerkship at the hospital. Ms. Freeman declined to provide more details to protect the privacy of the victim.
She added that the next security meeting for Hopkins employees and students will be April 29.
Police, meanwhile, are asking anyone with information about Mr. Mayo to call the 911 emergency number or the homicide unit at 396-3100.