Man accused of trying to rape girl, 14, at complex

July 25, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Police arrested a 25-year-old man Tuesday on charges that he grabbed a 14-year-old girl as she walked through his apartment complex and tried to rape her.

Pedro Cruz of the 6900 block of Glen Ridge Circle was charged with battery and assault with intent to rape.

Police said that the girl was a runaway and that she and another runaway girl were dropped off at Glen Ridge Circle about 8: 30 p.m. The girl saw someone she knew at the far end of the complex, and both girls walked over, police said.

As the two girls looked for their friend, a man came from a stairwell, grabbed one of the girls by the neck and demanded sex, police said.

The girl resisted, and the other girl ran to a group of men and asked for help. As the victim continued to resist, the man punched her several times in the face, according to police.

The men ran over and began to fight with the suspect, who fled, police said. Police searched the area and found a man fitting the attacker's description walking across a field near the apartment, police said.

The girl identified him as her attacker and was returned to her home. She did not require medical treatment, police said.

Drug charges result from traffic stop

A county police officer stopped a car for speeding on Furnace Branch Road Tuesday and arrested a Baltimore man on drug charges after the officer found a bag of what tested positive for marijuana under a passenger seat, police said.

Larry Wayne Meyers, 21, of the 1700 block of Spence St. was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officer David K. Frendlich was patrolling on Furnace Branch Road shortly before 2 a.m. when he pulled over a car for doing 50 mph in a 35 mph. As the car came to a stop on West Ordnance Road near Heritage Hill Driver, a passenger threw out what appeared to be a lighted cigarette, police said.

The officer detected the odor of burning marijuana and saw a passenger in the front seat duck down to put something under his seat, police said. He ordered the driver and three passengers out of the car, searched them and the car and found a bag of marijuana, police said. The driver and two passengers told police the marijuana belonged to the man sitting in the front passenger seat.

They said that they protested when he began smoking marijuana and that the driver said she was going to let the man out at a grocery store because she didn't want drugs in her car, police said. The passengers said they did not know what the man was hiding under the seat after police stopped the car.

Pub Date: 7/25/96

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