Westminster man accused of abduction, sexual assault

January 31, 1995|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A Westminster woman was abducted late Saturday night at knifepoint and forced into a man's car where she was sexually assaulted and driven to Harrisburg, Pa., police said yesterday.

Police in Harrisburg arrested Charles Bernard Thomas Jr. outside his sister's home in the 1500 block of State St. early Sunday morning.

Mr. Thomas, 48, of Westminster was charged by Harrisburg police with assault and unlawful restraint -- misdemeanor charges -- after the woman reported a man abducted her and forced her to accompany him to Pennsylvania.

Bail for Mr. Thomas was set at $5,000. He was in custody at Dauphin County Prison last night, prison officials said.

Police in Westminster applied for kidnapping, sexual offense and breaking and entering charges against him.

A warrant for his arrest on those charges was issued late yesterday, court officials said.

Because he had not been charged in Maryland when he was arrested in Pennsylvania, Mr. Thomas was not required to decide whether to fight extradition.

Now that Westminster police have the arrest warrant, he will have to make that decision, Westminster police Lt. Dean Brewer said.

According to Lieutenant Brewer, a man broke into the woman's house Saturday night and forced her at knifepoint to get into a car.

The woman was sexually assaulted, then driven to Harrisburg, the lieutenant said.

After the man got out of the car and went into his sister's home, the woman waited in the car, Lieutenant Brewer said. She got dressed, then also went into the home. When the man went outside, she called police, he said.

The man was arrested minutes later, without incident, Lieutenant Brewer said.

After an interview with Harrisburg police, the 57-year-old woman was driven back to Westminster by the man's sister.

She then was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where she was treated for neck and throat injuries and released, police said.

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