A 16-year-old Francis Scott Key High School student who allegedly broke into the homes of two girls in Taneytown was charged yesterday with attempted rape, three breaking-and-entering counts and three counts of possession of a deadly weapon.
Taneytown Police Chief Mel Diggs said the arresting officers found a 13-inch butcher knife in the jacket worn by the suspect, who is a ninth-grade student.
The assault attempts occurred in the Cloverberry town house and duplex development between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
The assailant, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a ski-type mask, entered the house of an 11-year-old girl through an unlocked door about 1:30 a.m. and climbed the steps to a second-floor bedroom where the girl was in bed.
Chief Diggs said the girl heard the Christmas bells hanging on her door jingle, then saw a figure enter her room. The youth threatened to hit her, she told police.
The girl pushed her assailant away, and he fled from the house.
About 15 minutes later, someone entered a house about a block away, again through an unlocked door, and went into the bedroom of a 14-year-old girl. The assailant attempted to pull covers off the intended victim and made several lewd remarks as the girl kicked at him. The assailant fled, Chief Diggs said.
About 2:30 a.m., while police were taking a report from the 14-year-old, they received a call from the home of the 11-year-old that the intruder had returned and again had attempted to assault the girl.
Police questioned both girls, who said they recognized their assailant. They directed officers to the suspect's house about a block away.
When the officers went to the house, they found the 16-year-old sitting in a chair in the kitchen with the lights off. He was dressed in dark clothing, they said.
Police searched the teen-ager and found a knife between the inner and outer layers of his jacket. The officers found a pair of panties and a bra, allegedly taken from one of the victims' homes, in one of his pockets, police reported.
Police said they found a cap, which allegedly belongs to the youth, in the bedroom of one of the girls.
The youth, who will be 17 tomorrow, was charged as a juvenile. His name was not released because of his age.