Woman describes to jury sexual attack by 2 men

June 08, 1994|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer

A 30-year-old former Rodgers Forge woman gave a graphic account yesterday of repeated rape and sexual abuse by two men who attacked her near her apartment, then forced her to take them to a Roland Park automated teller machine.

Horace L. Montague, 22, of the 2300 block of McCulloh St. in Baltimore, is standing trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court on 22 charges, including first-degree rape and sex offenses, kidnapping, robbery with a deadly weapon and use of a handgun. He is charged with several rapes in the city.

Co-defendant Derrick Adams, 18, of the 2800 block of Oakford Road in Baltimore pleaded guilty in February to a first-degree sex offense and agreed to testify for the prosecution, Assistant State's Attorney Robin S. Coffin said yesterday.

Ms. Coffin told the jury and Judge J. William Hinkel in her opening statement that DNA tests also will link Mr. Montague to the attack on May 30, 1993.

Assistant Public Defender Sally C. Chester argued that DNA tests aren't exact and that no evidence supports Adams' account. She urged jurors not to convict Mr. Montague because "you want it to be over for [the victim] and for yourself and for the citizens. You cannot give a verdict on emotion."

The victim testified that she left her job working with the mentally ill about midnight and visited her brother in Charles Village, arriving home about 3 a.m. As she was getting a vacuum cleaner from her trunk, she said, she saw a man running but assumed it was a neighbor.

"The guy kept running toward me," she testified. "He shoved me and told me to get down on the ground. I knew then it wasn't a neighbor."

She said the man swore at her, threatened to kill her with a gun, then tore off her clothes and raped her. A second man appeared and also raped her, she said.

The two then took her in her car to a Signet bank ATM on Roland Avenue, she said, where she withdrew $60. She and Adams were photographed by the bank camera, according to other testimony yesterday.

The woman said she was attacked again on the way home. When she heard one man say he wanted "to find a dark place. I thought, 'Oh my God, they're going to kill me and dump me off.' "

She testified rapidly but in meticulous detail, as Mr. Montague watched from a few feet away. She didn't identify him and said she had made a point of not looking at either man "because I was totally terrified, and this was my way of trying not to make them angry." She couldn't run, she said, because she has 6 6TC disabling disease.

When she was released back at her apartment building, she said, "it was kind of like a dream; I didn't recognize it."

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