2 women flee house after being chained Police were searching for man in abductions, sex assaults, beatings

Echoes of 1960s case

Man with same name convicted in Nev. in similar torture, rape

September 13, 1996|By Brenda J. Buote and Richard Irwin | Brenda J. Buote and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A man convicted 28 years ago of kidnapping and torturing a teen-age girl apparently was being sought last night by Baltimore County police in connection with the abduction and sexual assault of two women who were kept chained in the basement of a Rosedale house.

Police said the women -- a 32-year-old abducted Saturday and a 29-year-old held since Wednesday -- escaped late yesterday afternoon from the home of Richard Paul Elliott in the 1500 block of Odell Ave.

Authorities would not confirm that Elliott was the man being sought, but neighbors said he was the only person living in the house. Police would say only that they had identified the man and were "closing in" on him late last night.

Both women were beaten and sexually assaulted, said Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, a county police spokesman. They were being treated last night at Mercy Medical Center, he said.

According to police, the women escaped shortly after 5 p.m. when one of them worked her hands free and then released the other. Their captor had left the home several hours earlier. Neighbors said they believe he went to work.

Witnesses said both women, still shackled at the neck and ankles, ran naked and screaming for help across the street -- and the city border -- to the Hollander Ridge public housing complex, where they banged on a door and asked a resident to call police. The tenant called Baltimore Housing Authority Police, who alerted county police.

Neighbors described Elliott as a muscular man with reddish-blond hair who appeared to be in his mid-50s. They said he had been living in a basement apartment in the house.

"He seemed to be a nice guy," said Carolyn Supek, 57, whose parents live next door. "He was always respectful and seemed educated."

Elliott had talked with Supek about what it was like growing up in DTC Baltimore during the '40s and '50s. They also exchanged phone numbers. "He said he would call if anything ever happened to my parents," she said.

According to newspaper files, a Richard Paul Elliott from Baltimore -- then 28 -- was convicted in a 1968 federal trial in Reno, Nev., of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and holding her hostage for a month.

The girl testified that Elliott and a Colorado man raped and tortured her. The other man said he was forced to take part in the abduction and won acquittal.

Pub Date: 9/13/96

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