Hopkins medical student tells jurors defendant promised not to rape her BALTIMORE CITY

December 18, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

The 27-year-old medical student said she was on her way to the pediatrics unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital when a stranger approached her on the sidewalk of North Wolfe Street.

"He said, 'This is a holdup. I'm not going to rape you. I'm going to rob you,' " the third-year medical student told a Baltimore Circuit Court jury yesterday.

She said Calvin Mayo III broke that promise.

Testifying in a steady voice, the woman said the defendant beat her, raped her and extorted $200 from her boyfriend in the April 10 incident.

She said she tried talking to him -- while being raped she told him of her 4 1/2 -year-old AIDS patient at the hospital "to make me seem more human."

But when he beat her with a crutch and choked her with nylon stockings, she fought him, kicking him in the groin and clawing his genitals.

"I had nothing to lose. I was going to die if I didn't fight him," the woman said.

But the fight in the rowhouse in the 800 block of N. Durham St. didn't last long, and the attacker was soon saying, "Look what you made me do to you. Do what I say," according to the woman's testimony.

After being raped again, she helped set up a phone call to her boyfriend, also a medical student, in which the rapist demanded a $200 ransom.

The boyfriend testified Wednesday he gave the man a white envelope with 10 $20 bills, which led to the woman's release.

The 28-year-old suspect was arrested four days later and charged with first-degree rape, kidnapping, extortion, robbery, assault and possession of a deadly weapon.

The incident touched off calls for tighter security at the Johns Hopkins Hospital complex in East Baltimore.

In her opening statement to the jury Wednesday, defense attorney Angela Shelton suggested that her client was arrested after a shoddy, hurried investigation.

"It was important to the police and to Johns Hopkins to find someone, but it was done so fast that they didn't think of the

justice Calvin Mayo III deserves," Ms. Shelton said.

Before the victim testified yesterday, Lisa Forman, a scientist from a Germantown laboratory, said tests showed that sperm recovered from a condom at the crime scene could have come from the defendant but that not enough material was gathered to reach a positive conclusion.

The victim testified she did not immediately select the defendant from an array of photographs, but she said she identified him during a lineup at police headquarters.

In court yesterday, she looked at the defendant and said she was "positive" he was her attacker.

The trial is to resume today before Judge Elsbeth L. Bothe.

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