Rapist gets 40-year prison term Glen Burnie man stabbed victim

October 26, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A Glen Burnie man was sentenced to 40 years in prison yesterday for raping and stabbing a woman he abducted from her front doorstep last fall.

Ralph Chew, 24, of the 300 block of Lori Drive, was sentenced yesterday by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. after a hearing in which the defendant asked for mercy and apologized for the crime.

"I just hope that one day, maybe one day you can find it in your heart to forgive me," Chew told the victim, who sat a few rows behind him in a packed courtroom.

Chew pleaded guilty earlier this month to assault with intent to murder and first-degree rape.

Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M. Ferris said Chew approached the 23-year-old victim at the front door of her apartment about 2 a.m. on Nov. 8, after she had spent an evening out.

He grabbed her and told her at knifepoint 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 victim in a neighbor's yard, where she passed out after calling for help.

She 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 had seen the victim's stolen car parked at the Fisher Manor Apartment complex in Grasonville.

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 a spokeswoman for the Division of Parole and Probation.

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