Rhapsody Lane rapist awaits sentencing for 2 assaults

January 20, 1994|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A Silver Spring computer analyst accepted a plea agreement yesterday that could mean he'll spend the rest of his life in prison for raping two western Howard County women in 1992.

William Kirk Evans, 52, agreed to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree rape in Howard Circuit Court. He withdrew an initial plea of not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

Evans was accused of breaking into the homes of the two women, forcing them to leave with him at gunpoint and taking them to his Rhapsody Lane home, where he forced them to have intercourse.

Evans kept the women bound and blindfolded during the rapes, which he videotaped. He later released the women, giving them money for cab fare and telephone calls.

In the agreement, prosecutors will seek life sentences for each rape count that Evans would be permitted to serve simultaneously. His defense attorney is expected to argue for a lenient sentence.

"Is this what you wish to do?" Assistant Public Defender Sam Truette asked Evans as they stood before Judge Raymond Kane Jr. "Yes," Evans replied.

Judge Kane will sentence Evans on March 15, after a report on the defendant is prepared by the county Department of Parole and Probation.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Christine Gage told Judge Kane that the two victims reviewed the plea agreement and approved of its terms.

She said the agreement is tied to a plea arrangement that Evans is expected to accept next week in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Evans is expected to receive two simultaneous life terms in the rapes of a Burtonsville woman and a Silver Spring woman in their homes in 1990.

Evans, who twice attempted suicide while being held at the county Detention Center, kept his head bowed as Ms. Gage read a report detailing each of the attacks.

After the most recent incident, on Nov. 23, 1992, a Mount Airy woman told police that she had noticed Evans watching her from his car when she and her 4-year-old daughter returned home from a grocery store.

The woman, 22, reported that Evans was parked in a lot across the street from her home in the 17000 block of Frederick Road.

Minutes later, Evans -- wearing underwear over his head and brandishing a shotgun -- broke into the woman's house and charged toward her. He threatened to kill her and her daughter if she yelled for help.

Evans handcuffed the woman and forced her to wear sunglasses modified with tissue paper and tape so she couldn't see out of them. He then led her from the house, leaving the girl behind unharmed.

A passing motorist saw the cuffed and blindfolded woman being forced into a small white car by a man with a shotgun. The motorist attempted to follow the car, but lost it before obtaining a license plate number.

During the car ride, "[the victim] asked him if he was going to kill her," Ms. Gage said. "The defendant stated that he only wanted to have sex with her."

Evans drove the woman to his home in the 13000 block of Rhapsody Lane in the Tanglewood section of Silver Spring. He led her to a bedroom, removed their clothing and set up a video camera. He then forced her to perform sex acts and intercourse.

Later, Evans drove the woman to Laytonsville, giving her a $20 bill and five quarters for a taxi. He left the woman bound and blinded by the modified sunglasses, but gave her the telephone number for two cab companies.

nTC In the other incident, on May 14, 1992, a 19-year-old woman was getting ready for school at Howard Community College when she discovered Evans in her home in the 14000 block of Triadelphia Road in Dayton.

Evans, a woman's slip wrapped around his face, came after the woman with a shotgun. He also forced her to wear a pair of modified sunglasses and led her from the house. He drove the woman to his house, where he forced her to perform sex acts and intercourse, which he recorded with a video camera.

Evans later released the woman at the intersection of Routes 29 and 216 in Scaggsville, leaving her bound with rope and blindfolded with a bandanna. He gave her 50 cents for telephone calls.

After the attack on the Mount Airy woman, police searched for a small white car that matched the description from the motorist who had tried to follow Evans. They found Evans' 1988 Dodge Colt parked in his driveway on Dec. 18, 1992.

Investigators learned that Evans had been arrested for kidnapping and assault with intent to rape in 1971. They were able to match his fingerprints on record with a print left on the modified sunglasses worn by the Mount Airy woman.

Evans, a former systems analyst for the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Fund in Washington, was arrested Dec. 21, 1992, at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, where he was seeking psychiatric treatment for compulsive obsessive behavior.

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