Man pleads guilty in rape, stabbing Sentence could be life plus 30 years GLEN BURNIE

July 29, 1993

A Glen Burnie man could be sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty yesterday to raping and stabbing a neighbor he had abducted from her front doorstep.

Ralph Chew, 24, of the 300 block of Lori Drive, admitted to Circuit Court Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. that he raped a 23-year-old neighbor after approaching her as she was putting the key in the front door of her apartment at 2 a.m. Nov. 8. He pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder and first-degree rape.

Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M. Ferris said Chew approached the victim, who had just dropped off a friend after an evening out, and grabbed her.

He told her at knife point that he would kill her if she didn't drive him to Queenstown Park, where he forced her to perform oral sex and raped her.

After the attack, she bent over to throw up and Chew stabbed her in the back.

She fled on foot, and Chew stabbed her two more times as she ran away, Ms. Ferris said.

Chew got into the woman's car and drove off, leaving the bloodied victim in a neighbor's yard, where she passed out after calling for help, Ms. Ferris said.

The woman was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she spent the next three days in a coma, Ms. Ferris said.

Chew was arrested the next day in Queen Anne's County after state police received tips from people who heard news reports of the attack. They had seen the victim's stolen car parked along Cemetery Lane at the Fisher Manor Apartment complex in Grasonville, Ms. Ferris said.

Chew had been paroled July 2 from the Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County. He had served two years and two months on theft and drug possession charges stemming from two May 1990 convictions in Queen Anne's County Circuit Court, said Susan Kaskie, spokeswoman for the Division of Parole and Probation.

Also in May 1990, he was convicted on a drug charge before Judge Thieme, who put him on probation for five years, Ms. Kaskie said.

On Oct. 16, he was released on personal recognizance after he was charged with possession of crack-cocaine during a drug raid at a Pasadena home.

Judge Thieme set sentencing for Sept. 24.

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