Woman abducted from Glen Burnie is raped, stabbed

November 09, 1992|By Peter Hermann and Angela Gambill | Peter Hermann and Angela Gambill,Staff Writers Staff writer Larry Carson contributed to this article.

A young woman was abducted from her Glen Burnie apartment complex, raped and critically stabbed early yesterday by a man who dumped her from her own car in a small park south of Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Anne Arundel County police said the woman was entering her apartment building shortly after 2 a.m. when a man approached from inside the entryway, forced her back into the car and drove to Queenstown Park, about a mile away.

There, police said, the man raped the woman and stabbed her in the chest and back. He then allowed her to get out of the car and drove off.

The wounded woman walked about an eighth of a mile to a nearby home and collapsed in the driveway, screaming, "Help me! Help me!" Several neighbors called police, authorities said.

"She could hardly talk," a police source said. "She literally collapsed in the driveway. She was gasping for breath and crying for help."

Mary Chase, who lives on Queenstown Road near the park entrance, said the screams awakened her.

"I opened my window, and I saw a person fall down against some trees," Ms. Chase said. "She got up and crawled across the driveway to the edge of my yard. That's where she fell again. That's when I called 911. I guess she was trying to get to the house."

Ms. Chase said the woman was only 25 feet from her first-floor bedroom window when she collapsed and screamed, "Please don't let me die."

The woman was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was listed in critical but stable condition last night following surgery.

Police mounted an unsuccessful helicopter search for the victim's 1992 white Geo Storm, which has Maryland license tags ACR-683. The car was still being sought last night.

Also, police had been unable to question the victim at length because of her condition and had no description of the suspect.

Neighbors where horrified by the incident, which began at the Stagecoach Apartment complex on Lori Drive.

"I can't take any more precautions than I do," said an 84-year-old neighbor of the victim. "I have double locks on the doors and keep the windows locked . . . The apartment should have guards, but you never see any."

"I'm shocked," said a young man who lives across the street and knew the victim casually, through his girlfriend. "This is scary. She was a very nice young lady."

A police source said the suspect apparently broke into the laundry room, near the woman's apartment and the front door, and waited for someone to come into the complex.

Officer Terry Robey, a county police spokeswoman, said detectives did not know whether the victim knew her assailant but thought the attack was random.

Officer Robey said police have not found the weapon used in the stabbing.

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