East Columbia

January 06, 1993

Woman escapes rape attempt near Oakland Mills apartment

An unidentified man tried to rape a 43-year-old Columbia woman Monday night as she walked toward an apartment building in Oakland Mills, Howard County police said.

The woman had gotten out of a cab in the 5700 block of Stevens Forest Road about 10 p.m. and gone inside an apartment building to get money. She returned and paid the cabdriver, police said.

As she began walking back to the building, she was approached by a man who grabbed her around the waist and pulled her to the side of the building, police said.

When the attacker told the woman he was going to rape her, she began to scream, police said. He then placed a gun to the woman's head, police said.

During a brief struggle, she kicked the attacker, broke free and ran, police said. The attacker also fled.

The woman was not injured, police said.

The attacker is described as a dark-skinned black male between 20 and 30, 6 feet tall, and weighing 190 pounds to 230 pounds, police said. He was clean-shaven and had short black hair, police said.

Sun newsman charged in fatal accident

Howard County police have filed two traffic citations against George G. Rodgers as the result of a fatal traffic accident last month.

Mr. Rodgers, 52, was charged with negligent driving and a traffic light violation in connection with the Dec. 6 accident.

Jennifer Lynne Turner, 20, of the 3600 block of Jennings Chapel Road was injured during the collision and died three days later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

The collision occurred shortly before 10 p.m. at Route 175 and Tamar Drive when a Ford Tempo and a Mitsubishi headed eastbound on Route 175 collided, police said. The Tempo was driven by Mr. Rodgers, an editor at The Sun who lives in Baltimore. Police said Mr. Rodgers had turned into the intersection after stopping at a red light in the left-turn lane of westbound 175.

POLICE LOG

* Long Reach: 7100 block of Columbia Gateway Drive: A $4,100 Macintosh computer and a $675 check were stolen from a desk inside the Apex Group between 3 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Monday.

8600 block of Cobblefield Drive: A blue 1985 Honda Accord was stolen between 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. The West Virginia plates are 8SE-905.

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