Fort Meade man charged with attempted rape

August 15, 1996

Police arrested a Fort Meade man yesterday on charges that he tried to rape a 23-year-old woman in a Brooklyn Park cemetery.

Watson Bellinger Jr. 41, was charged with attempted rape, assault and battery.

The Glen Burnie woman told police the man lured her into Holy Cross Cemetery in the 6000 block of Ritchie Highway shortly after 4 a.m. and threw her to the ground. When he began to disrobe, the woman pushed him away and ran and flagged down a motorist.

Police found the man a short distance away heading south on Ritchie Highway and arrested him. The woman was not injured.

Pub Date: 8/15/96

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