Rape suspect tries to commit suicide

January 05, 1994|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

An article in yesterday's Howard County and Carroll County news sections incorrectly described the locations of two 1992 rapes in which police have charged William Kirk Evans. Both attacks occurred in Howard County.

The Sun regrets the error.

A Silver Spring computer analyst attempted suicide in the Howard County Detention Center a day before he was expected to enter into a plea agreement on charges of abducting and raping a woman from western Howard County and one from Carroll County in 1992.

William Kirk Evans, 52, slashed his throat with a disposable razor in his cell early Monday morning, said James Rollins, director of the detention center.

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The incident is the second time Mr. Evans has tried to kill himself at the detention center. He placed a plastic bag over his head in February.

Mr. Evans, who was not seriously injured, was taken to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup for treatment.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Christine Gage notified court officials of Mr. Evans' suicide attempt yesterday, when the defendant was to enter into the plea agreement. His case has been rescheduled in Howard Circuit Court tomorrow.

Assistant Public Defender Sam Truette, who is representing Mr. Evans, said he will talk with his client to determine if he still wants to go through with the plea agreement.

Attorneys would not provide details of the proposed plea agreement.

Mr. Rollins said Mr. Evans was discovered by guards making their routine half-hour rounds in administrative segregation, a section of the jail for inmates who need extra attention.

Mr. Evans left a note, said Mr. Rollins, who declined to disclose its contents.

Mr. Evans, a former senior systems analyst for the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Fund in Washington, faces multiple counts of first-degree rape, assault with intent to rape, kidnapping, housebreaking, burglary, sexual offenses and weapons violations.

He is accused of attacking a 22-year-old Mount Airy woman on Nov. 23, 1992, and a 19-year-old Dayton woman on May 14, 1992.

Mr. Evans allegedly entered their houses with a shotgun, abducted them and drove them to his home on Rhapsody Lane in Silver Spring, where he raped them, according to police reports.

In both attacks, the women were forced to wear sunglasses with tape on the outside of the lenses and paper material on the inside, apparently to prevent them from seeing where they were being driven, court records say. The women were released several hours after the attacks.

Mr. Evans also is expected to enter into a plea agreement in two Montgomery County attacks.

In those cases, Mr. Evans allegedly broke into houses in Silver Spring and Burtonsville and raped the women who lived there. Both incidents occurred in 1990.

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