An 18-year-old man charged with breaking into a Glen Burnie apartment and threatening a pregnant woman with a meat cleaver before raping her was being held yesterday in the county detention center without bail.
Police charged Dennis Jeffrey Hood, 18, of the first block of Phyllis Drive in Glen Burnie, with first-degree rape, robbery with a deadly weapon and breaking into the woman's apartment with the intent to commit a felony.
Mr. Hood was arrested Saturday afternoon after a witness picked him out of a photographic lineup and identified him as the man seen dumping the contents of a purse into a trash bin on Hidden Brook Drive Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the rape was reported to police.
Mr. Hood is scheduled to appear before a District Court judge today for a formal bail review hearing.
According to charging documents:
The 29-year-old victim was asleep in her apartment when she was awakened by a knock on her door at 1:55 p.m.
Leaving her 10-month-old daughter in the bedroom, the woman walked down the hall to find a man standing in her living room holding a screwdriver.
The man, who had apparently jimmied the door lock, asked her if she had called police.
The woman said she hadn't and begged him not to hurt her.
The man walked into the kitchen, grabbed a meat cleaver from a drawer and walked with the woman through the apartment before he took her into the hallway, where he ordered her to take off her clothes.
The woman said she was pregnant, but the man raped her anyway, then asked for money.
She gave him her purse, which contained her wallet.
A man fitting the description of the woman's assailant dumped the contents of a purse matching that of the victim's into the trash bin before shoving a wallet under his shirt, a witness said, according to the charging documents.
Police found the meat cleaver they believe was used in the attack in the trash bin, the charging documents said.
They did not, however, find the purse or the wallet.
The witness identified Mr. Hood from six pictures in a photo lineup.
Investigators took blood and hair samples from Mr. Hood that could be submitted for DNA testing, said Lt. Mike McNelly, head of the Crimes Against Persons section.
Although the attack happened about a mile from where Lisa Haenel, 14, was found naked and stabbed to death last month, Lieutenant McNelly said police have found no evidence to connect Mr. Hood with that crime.
The Glen Burnie woman's assailant "was just breaking in," Lieutenant McNelly said.
"He was surprised to find her there."