Suspect in Greenmount rapes arrested in Manassas, Va.

October 17, 1994|By Marcia Myers | Marcia Myers,Sun Staff Writer

Police in Manassas, Va., yesterday arrested the fugitive charged with abducting and raping two women in the Greenmount area of Baltimore.

Officers found Brian Avery Beard, 24, in the laundromat of a shopping center in Manassas.

Police said he and a girlfriend, Michele Wiggins, 20, of no fixed address, apparently had traveled there from Baltimore in recent days and were living behind the center. She was arrested on drug and alcohol charges, and police questioned her to determine Beard's whereabouts.

Beard, whose last known address was the 2600 block of Springhill Ave., is charged with abducting and raping two women at gunpoint and is wanted for questioning in six other sexual assaults. Police also believe he may be infected with HIV, the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

He is on probation for a May 4 assault conviction, and is charged in warrants with first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, perverted practice and false imprisonment, according to court records.

Police in Baltimore contacted officers in Virginia after learning BTC that Ms. Wiggins was in jail, said Cpl. John D. Barnes. She is charged with a misdemeanor alcohol offense and a narcotics violation. Authorities said she had a small amount of a drug believed to be crack cocaine in her possession when she was arrested.

The officers went to the shopping center after she told them a friend named John Smith had accompanied her there. Police discovered clothes and fresh food belonging to the couple in a shopping cart behind the center, as she had described.

They soon found Beard in the laundromat. He identified himself as John Smith, but later admitted his identity. Police said he was unarmed.

Beard is scheduled to appear in a Manassas court today. He could be returned here tonight if he waives extradition.

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