Man arrested in abductions, rapes of 2 Howard women

December 20, 1992|By Arthur Hirsch | Arthur Hirsch,Staff Writer

A man wanted in the abductions and rapes two women in Howard County this year and suspected in three similar attacks in Montgomery County dating back to 1990 was arrested yesterday afternoon in Bethesda, police said.

William K. Evans, 51, of Rhapsody Lane, Silver Spring, was arrested outside Suburban Hospital.

Mr. Evans -- a senior systems analyst for the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Fund in Washington -- is charged in attacks in suburban Mount Airy and Dayton in western Howard County.

On Nov. 23, a man with rifle or shotgun abducted 22-year-old woman from a house in the 17000 block of Frederick Road in Mount Airy. Police said he drove her to another house and assaulted her.

On May 14, a man with a shotgun or rifle abducted a 19-year-old woman from a home in the 14000 block of Triadelphia Road, drove her to another house and raped her.

A spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Police said yesterday that Mr. Evans is a suspect in three burglary-rapes there.

On Friday, a Howard County detective spotted a car in Silver Spring that matched the description of the car used in the Mount Airy attack.

Police traced the license plate number on the white Dodge Colt to Mr. Evans and found he had been arrested in Prince George's County. A court document showed he was arrested in 1980 in kidnapping and assault with intent to rape.

Investigators matched a fingerprint from that arrest with a print lifted from the scene of the Mount Airy abduction, police said.

Mr. Evans was charged with two counts each of rape, kidnapping, sex offenses and burglary.

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