Suspect in Mount Airy, Dayton rape-abductions due bail review Police arrest him in hospital lot

December 21, 1992|By Arthur Hirsch and Kerry O'Rourke | Arthur Hirsch and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writers

A Silver Spring man wanted in the abductions and rapes of women in Mount Airy and Dayton was held without bail this weekend at the Howard County Detention Center.

A District Court commissioner set no bail for the suspect, William K. Evans, 51, of Rhapsody Lane.

Authorities said he is scheduled for the bail review at 10:30 a.m. today in Howard County Circuit Court.

Mr. Evans, who was arrested Saturday in the parking lot at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, also is a suspect in three similar attacks in Montgomery County -- two in 1990 and one last summer, police said.

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

Officer Ann Evans, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Police and no relation to the suspect, said yesterday that Mr. Evans is a "strong suspect" in three burglary-assaults there in July 1992 and in September and April 1990.

In a case that occurred about 11 a.m. on Nov. 23, a man entered a house in the 17000 block of Frederick Road in Mount Airy, wielding a rifle or shotgun, and forced a 22-year-old woman into his car.

Police said he blindfolded the woman, tied her hands and drove to another house and assaulted her.

The woman, who was taken from the home while her 4-year-old daughter was left there alone, was released several hours later in Laytonsville, Montgomery County, about 11 miles away.

In a second case about 10:45 a.m. on May 14, a man carrying a shotgun or rifle broke into a home in the 14000 block of Triadelphia Road in Dayton and abducted a 19-year-old woman, whom he drove to another house and raped, according to police records.

She was blindfolded and bound in her home.

She was released hours later at a commuter parking lot near U.S. 29 and Route 216, police said.

In all three of the Montgomery County cases, Officer Evans said, the armed assailant broke in and assaulted the victim in her home.

Descriptions from victims of the method of attack and of the attacker match that of Mr. Evans, she said.

The attacker was armed once with a revolver and twice with a knife, she said.

Officer Evans said no arrests have been made in the Montgomery County cases.

She said that the victims will be shown photographs of suspects, including photos of Mr. Evans. Police also will analyze physical evidence for identification.

Howard County police Sgt. Gary Gardner said Friday that a Howard County detective saw a car in a driveway in the Tanglewood development in Silver Spring that matched the description of the car used in the Mount Airy attack.

The detective was checking the area near U.S. 29 because several burglaries and rapes have occurred there.

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

Investigators matched a fingerprint from the prior arrest record to a print lifted from the scene of the Mount Airy abduction, police said.

Officers from Howard and Montgomery counties searched his house Saturday morning.

.5l They found only his wife and daughter home.

They learned later that Mr. Evans had voluntarily checked into Suburban Hospital last week.

But when police got to the hospital, they found he had checked out.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, a Montgomery County police officer saw Mr. Evans sitting in a vehicle in the hospital parking lot and arrested him.

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

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