Westminster man held in abduction, rape

December 10, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 32-year-old Westminster man, accused of kidnapping a woman and threatening her with a 9 mm machine-gun-type pistol before sexually assaulting her, was arrested Wednesday.

Raymond D. Bloom III of the 300 block of Robins Way in The Greens of Westminster was arrested after he allegedly forced the woman to drive him to his mother's business office in the Cherryvale Plaza Shopping Center in Reisterstown.

State police, who are investigating the case, said the woman told them she found the man sitting in her car at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday when she came out of a day care home in Westminster.

She reported that he threatened to take her car if she did not get into it, and that he forced her to drive him to the home of his parents in Manchester.

Arriving at the house in the 1600 block of Harvey Yingling Road, Mr. Bloom took the car keys and forced her into the house, the woman told police. She asked to be allowed call her workplace and told a co-worker to call police, she said. Mr. Bloom then pulled the phone from the wall, the woman told police.

The woman said Mr. Bloom told her that if he couldn't have her, no one would, and that he forced her to go to the second floor at gunpoint.

The woman reported that she was raped at the house, police said.

She told investigators that Mr. Bloom got the gun from the Manchester house. He also threatened to commit suicide with the weapon, she said.

Officers said the woman told them she that she went to another phone in the house, called her baby-sitter and screamed for her to call police. The woman told investigators that Mr. Bloom then forced her to drive him to his mother's office in Reisterstown, where he was met by Baltimore County police and arrested.

Because the alleged kidnapping occurred in Carroll County, Baltimore County officers notified the state police. Mr. Bloom and the woman were taken to the Westminster barracks.

After questioning Mr. Bloom was charged with kidnapping, first- and second-degree rape, assault and battery, and use of a handgun in a crime of violence. He initially was ordered held without bail.

In a bail review hearing before District Court Judge Joann Ellinghaus-Jones yesterday, Mr. Bloom's bail was set at $50,000.

He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.

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