Woman, 88, raped link to slaying is eyed Description of attacker is key

December 04, 1992|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

An 88-year-old woman was raped by a man who forced his way into her downtown Baltimore apartment and ransacked the home looking for valuables, police say.

The victim, who was treated at Mercy Medical Center and released, told police that the man who raped her yesterday bore a strong resemblance to a man being sought by police in the slaying Tuesday of Carrie P. Milburn, 87, who lived in Bolton Hill.

That man, William Green, 35, remained on the run this morning, police said. Mr. Green was charged after police said they found evidence in the Mrs. Milburn's apartment linking him to the crime, homicide detectives said.

Central District police said today they are investigating whether the two incidents -- the rape and the slaying of the Bolton Hill woman -- are related.

The victim in yesterday's attack was opening her door in the 2400 block of St. Paul St. when a man grabbed her and told her he would kill her if she screamed, police said. Once inside, the man asked her for her bank book and demanded to know where she kept her money, police said. When the victim said she didn't have anything of value, the man started ransacking the house, police said.

After asking the woman if she had AIDS, he covered her mouth and raped her, police said.

Police said the man left after taking some cash and a gold pendant . As he walked out the door, the man said, "I'll be back on Saturday," police said.

In an interview, the rape victim told police that she possibly had seen her attacker before -- in a photograph in the newspaper and on television. The picture was that of Mr. Green, who is charged with first-degree murder and burglary in Mrs. Milburn's slaying.

Mrs. Milburn, who lived alone, was found dead Tuesday night in NTC her 10th-floor apartment at Bolton House in the 1100 block of Bolton St. The killer ransacked the apartment, police said.

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