Glen Burnie man, 19, pleads guilty to rape Victim, 29, was pregnant

November 19, 1993|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,Staff Writer

A 19-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to raping a pregnant Glen Burnie woman he assaulted while wielding a meat cleaver.

Dennis Jeffrey Hood, 19, of the first block of Phyllis Drive in Glen Burnie was convicted of first-degree rape and a first-degree sex offense. He could be sentenced to a life term for each count at his sentencing hearing Jan. 24.

Hood was arrested in February after a witness to the assault identified him in a photographic lineup.

Yesterday, the clean-cut Hood, wearing a tan and black shirt and tan pants, stood before Judge Raymond G. Thieme in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court as Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia Ferris described the Feb. 16 assault.

The 29-year-old victim was asleep in her apartment in the 400 block of Hidden Brook Drive when she was awakened by someone knocking on her apartment door about 2 a.m., Ms. Ferris said. With her 10-month-old daughter asleep in the bedroom, the woman walked down the hall to find a man standing in her living room and holding a screwdriver.

Hood, who had jimmied the door lock, asked whether she had called police. The woman said she hadn't and pleaded with him not to hurt her baby. She also said her husband, who was at work, might return home for lunch, Ms. Ferris said.

Warning the woman that he had a gun, Hood ordered her to sit down. He then grabbed a meat cleaver from the kitchen and ordered the woman to take off her clothes, Ms. Ferris said.

"He was wielding the meat cleaver the whole time," Ms. Ferris said.

After raping her, Hood took the woman's purse, which had her wallet in it, and fled with the screwdriver, meat cleaver and purse.

When he was arrested, Hood told police that he had been attempting to burglarize the apartment and was surprised to find the woman inside.

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