Glen Burnie assault suspect had prior rape charges pending

November 11, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer Staff writers William F. Zorzi Jr. and John Morris contributed to this article.

A Glen Burnie parolee charged with kidnapping, raping and stabbing a 23-year-old neighbor over the weekend was wanted on charges of raping another woman in Pasadena the week before.

Ralph Chew, 23, of the 300 block of Lori Drive is charged with first-degree rape, assault with intent to murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery stemming from the Sunday morning attack. He was ordered held without bail yesterday.

Chew was arrested Monday night in Queen Anne's County after state police received tips from several people who heard news reports of the attack and saw the victim's stolen car parked along Cemetery Lane in Grasonville.

At 6 p.m., troopers from the Centreville barracks arrested Chew in an apartment in the Fisherman's Manor complex. He was taken to Western District in Anne Arundel County to be charged.

At the time of the attack in Glen Burnie, Chew was being sought on a warrant accusing him of second-degree rape in an attack in Pasadena on Nov. 4, police said.

"We had been looking for him and had gone to his apartment several times," said county police Sgt. Dennis Bailey. "But once we did that, he probably got word from friends and relatives that we were looking for him and he wasn't going to sit around waiting for us to catch him."

According to investigators and charging documents, Chew is alleged to have attacked his second victim at 2:40 a.m. Sunday after he saw the woman get out of her car and walk into her apartment building. She was forced back into her car, driven to Queenstown Park in Severn, where she was raped. After the assault, she was thrown from the car and stabbed several times in the chest.

MA The woman crawled an eighth of a mile to a home where she col

lapsed in the driveway screaming for help. A resident called police.

The woman was listed in serious and stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

In the Nov. 4 attack, the 24-year-old woman and Chew were at a mutual friend's home when they both left at 1:30 a.m. to meet a friend at the Freetown Recreation Center, police said. When that friend didn't show up, the woman attempted to leave, but police said her assailant dragged her into the woods and raped her.

Investigators said the victim identified Chew from a group of photos.

Chew was paroled July 2 from Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County after serving two years and two months on theft and drug possession charges from two May 1990 convictions in Queen Anne's County Circuit Court, according to Susan Kaskie, spokes woman for the Division of Parole and Probation.

On Oct. 16, Chew was released on personal recognizance after he was charged with possession of crack-cocaine during a drug raid at a Pasadena home.

In May 1990, he was convicted on a drug charge before Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr., who also put him on probation for five years, Ms. Kaskie said.

Karen Danella, 28, has lived in the apartment directly above Chew since August. She said she rarely saw him though she frequently used the laundry room directly across from his ground-floor apartment.

L "I guess I'm lucky I didn't see him much," said Ms. Danella.

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