2 charged in rape, robbery Attack occurred in Rodgers Forge BALTIMORE COUNTY

July 01, 1993|By Glenn Small and Frank D. Roylance | Glenn Small and Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writers


A good, clear bank surveillance photograph of a rape suspect, combined with intensive publicity of that photograph, has led Baltimore County police to arrest two men they say raped, kidnapped and robbed a Rodgers Forge woman May 30.

Derrick Adams, 17, from the Park Heights area of Baltimore City, was arrested by county police Tuesday evening and charged as an adult.

Mr. Adams and Horace Leroy Montaque, 21, of the 2300 block of McCulloh St., have been charged with first-degree rape, perverted sex practice, kidnapping and robbery. Yesterday, a Baltimore County judge denied bail for Mr. Adams. Mr. Montaque, who is being held without bail, will have a bail review hearing today in Towson.

E. Jay Miller, county police spokesman, said the pair have not been charged in connection with three other attacks in Rodgers Forge, but are being investigated as suspects in those cases.

Don Grauel, president of the Rodgers Forge Community Association, welcomed news of the arrest.

"Good deal," he said. "Hopefully they'll be [found] responsible for a couple other of the things that have been going on."

Last week the community association added $1,000 to the $1,000 reward Metro Crime Stoppers had offered for information leading to arrests in the Rodgers Forge rape cases. The management of the Rodgers Forge Apartments also added $1,000.

It was not immediately known whether anyone had qualified for the reward.

Police learned about Mr. Adams from callers who said he looked like the man in an automated bank machine surveillance photograph. Police said his fingerprints matched a print found on the victim's car.

According to court charging documents, Mr. Adams, after his arrest, identified Mr. Montaque as his accomplice. Mr. Montaque, who allegedly forced the woman to perform a sex act, also has been charged with one count of first-degree sexual offense. If convicted, the men could face maximum sentences of three consecutive life terms.

The two men allegedly attacked the 30-year-old Rodgers Forge woman about 2:30 a.m. May 30 as she removed a vacuum cleaner from the trunk of her car in the 100 block of Dumbarton Road, the court reports say.

They allegedly raped and sodomized her before forcing her into her car and driving to a bank machine on Roland Avenue in Baltimore, the documents say. There, one of them tried unsuccessfully to use her bank card to remove $400.

They then allegedly tried to force the woman to withdraw large amounts of money, again without success, the reports say. Ultimately, the woman withdrew $80. The men then drove her back to Dumbarton Road.

During the kidnapping, the woman was kept out of sight in the car's back-seat. When the men returned to her neighborhood, they ordered her to remain in the back seat until she had counted to 20, charging documents said.

Since that and other attacks, the Rodgers Forge Community Association has taken steps to improve security though without resorting to a private security force as some residents had urged. Mr. Grauel said that "I hope we can continue with the momentum."

A recent police survey of community sentiment, coupled with input from block captains and two dozen residents who telephoned the association, revealed "a lot of concern" that hiring a private security force would be an overreaction to recent crimes, Mr. Grauel said.

Instead, residents seemed to want the association to take other steps and to consider private security only if those measures fail.

The association has decided to revitalize its Neighborhood Watch program. Police officers will be speaking to small groups of residents and advising them how they can make their homes and neighborhoods more secure.

Mr. Grauel also said that the neighborhood will be added to Operation Anti-Car Theft (ACT).

Announced in April for car owners in the Wilkens, Woodlawn, Garrison and Cockeysville precinct patrol areas, ACT invites motorists to sign forms granting police permission to stop their cars between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and conduct identification checks.

Without the permission, police would not be able to stop the vehicles unless officers had probable cause to believe a crime had been committed.

Though car thefts in the Rodgers Forge area grew from 39 in 1990 to 67 in 1992, only seven were reported during the first five months of this year, police said.

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