Rape suspect was released in 2nd case Court date loomed on break-in charge GLEN BURNIE

February 23, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

A teen-ager charged Saturday with wielding a meat cleaver while raping a pregnant woman in her Glen Burnie apartment had been released last month after being charged with breaking into a home in the same area.

A District Court judge ordered Dennis Jeffrey Hood, 18, of the first block of Phyllis Drive in Glen Burnie, held at the county detention center without bail. He is charged with raping a 29-year-old woman in her apartment in the 400 block of Hidden Brook Drive last Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Hood was arrested after a resident of the Hidden Woods apartment complex identified him in a photographic lineup, police said.

According to court records, Mr. Hood had been arrested earlier, on Jan. 9, on charges of breaking into a home in the 1200 block of Cathedral Drive in Glen Burnie.

After appearing before a District Court judge, he was released to pretrial supervision pending his court date, police said.

Last week's rape touched off a wide search. Police distributed a detailed description of the woman's attacker.

About three days after the rape, Detective John Brown said, he got a tip that Mr. Hood was wearing the clothing mentioned in the description of the suspect on the day of the rape.

Checking Mr. Hood's arrest record, Detective Brown discovered that he had been arrested in the Cathedral Drive break-in.

Taking the mug shot from that arrest, Detective Brown included it in a photographic lineup with five other pictures. A witness identified Mr. Hood as the man he saw dumping the contents of a black purse in the trash bin, shoving a Burgundy-colored wallet under his shirt, then running down Hidden Brook Drive.

According to charging documents:

The victim was asleep in her apartment when she was awakened by a knock on the door at 1:55 p.m. Leaving her 10-month-old baby in the bedroom, she walked down the hall to find a man standing in her living room and holding a screw driver.

The man, who had apparently jimmied the door lock, asked if she had called police. The woman said she hadn't and begged him not to hurt her.

Grabbing a meat cleaver from a kitchen drawer, he walked with her through the apartment, then took her into a hallway, where he ordered her to take her clothes off.

The woman said she was pregnant, but he raped her and then asked for money.

Although police found a meat cleaver in the trash bin, they did not recover the purse or wallet.

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