2 are charged in robbery, assault of woman

February 25, 1997

County police arrested a Glen Burnie woman and a man Friday on charges that they robbed a Glen Burnie woman after the man sexually assaulted her, county police said.

Thomas Duane O'Donnell, 40, of no fixed address and Claudette Regina Granger, 26, of the 1700 block of Marley Ave. were charged with robbery and theft.

O'Donnell also was charged with a fourth-degree sex offense, first- and second-degree assault, and resisting arrest.

He was being held on $50,000 bail, and Granger was being held on $1,200 bail.

Police said the victim, a 37-year-old real estate agent from Glen Burnie, met a man and a woman, who was a former co-worker, at Dietrich's Tavern in Glen Burnie about 11 p.m.

The woman said she was interested in buying a home with her boyfriend, and all three went to the agent's house on Fourth Street in Point Pleasant for the couple to fill out a mortgage application.

When the victim went to the bathroom, the man followed her, forced his way in and assaulted the woman, who fought and screamed until her children came to the bathroom, police said.

During the attack, the man took an undisclosed amount of money from the woman's pockets.

After the woman's children showed up, the man and his girlfriend fled, police said.

The victim later spotted a couple at Duke's bar on Furnace Ave. and called police. She pointed them out to Officers Mark Fraser and Franklin Lawson, who went to arrest them.

When police told the man he was under arrest, he said he wasn't going to jail and punched both officers, who struggled with him to handcuff him, police said. The man was taken to Harbor Hospital Center for injuries received in the struggle but refused treatment, police said.

Both officers were treated at North Arundel Hospital, police said.

Pub Date: 2/25/97

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