Girl, 13, is gang-raped after abduction by teens

January 28, 1995|By Brad Snyder | Brad Snyder,Sun Staff Writer

In an assault that shocked area residents, a 13-year-old girl was raped by 10 teen-age boys after she was abducted outside an East Baltimore store Thursday night, police said.

The girl was raped for several hours in the basement of a two-family house in the 1200 block of N. Eden St. until one of the building's residents found her, said Officer Sabrina V. Tapp-Harper, a department spokeswoman.

"I was really shocked for it to happen in this neighborhood," said Constance Crum, 57, who lives across the street from the building where the rape occurred. "I've never heard of anything like that here."

The assault came just a day after four men raped a 24-year-old dancer who works on The Block. The woman was beaten and raped after the men abducted her in front of Lafayette Courts public housing development in East Baltimore, police said.

But the rapes are not related, police said.

"The suspects have totally different descriptions," said Officer Tapp-Harper.

Police said the teen-age girl was raped after an encounter with three boys at Frank's Confectionery, at Eden and Biddle streets.

The boys approached her and asked her to go with them, but the girl refused because she did not know them, Officer Tapp-Harper said.

Outside the store, one of the boys grabbed her by the arm and forced her down the street, the officer said. A light-complexioned boy, who wore his hair in dreadlocks, was armed with a small caliber handgun.

They took the girl to the back of the two-family house, kicked in the cellar door and raped her, police said. After a few minutes, seven other teen-agers joined the three abductors in raping her, Officer Tapp-Harper said.

Hours later, Robert Colbert, 52, who lives in the building, heard the cellar door slam and decided to investigate.

As he walked down the steps, he heard the sound of people leaving the cellar, his wife, Carole, said yesterday.

"He could hear the shuffling of feet running out," she said.

He opened the cellar door and saw a girl's silhouette.

Huddled in the corner, the girl had draped her jacket across her shoulders.

She was naked, except for a pair of jeans that she had taken from a clothesline outside.

Her own clothes lay in a wet ball by her side.

None of the boys -- believed to be about 14 years old -- has been caught, Officer Tapp-Harper said. The girl did not know her attackers, Officer Tapp-Harper said.

Mr. Colbert took the girl to his apartment, so his wife could find her clothes.

They called police about 8:40 p.m.

"She seemed pretty well shook up," Mrs. Colbert, 53, said. "I was trying to find a bra and some clothes for her to wear, but she said she was all right."

Mrs. Colbert sat and talked with the girl, who said her mother didn't have a phone and she didn't know her father's beeper number. Instead, the girl called a male counselor.

"She said her counselor told her if she ever needed help to give LTC him a call," Mrs. Colbert said. The girl was treated at Mercy Medical Center and released, Officer Tapp-Harper said.

The Sun does not identify victims of sexual assaults.

Rapes are becoming increasingly violent, said the executive director of the area's rape crisis centers, but she has not seen a significant number of gang rapes.

"I don't know if this is a trend -- I hope not," said Bonnie Ariano, executive director of the city's Sexual Assault Center and the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center in Baltimore County.

Mrs. Colbert said unruly youths have often gathered in the vacant cellar.

When the first-floor apartment was vacant for about a year, youths came in and out of the cellar at all hours of the day and night. Mrs. Colbert said that police believed the youths used drugs there.

"They trashed the place," she said.

"I kept reporting it to the police. I kept reporting it to the city. Now maybe they'll do something about it."

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