Victim, suspect wind up in same ER Police arrest man after encounter in S. Baltimore hospital

November 03, 1998|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore woman who was beaten and sexually assaulted early Sunday identified as one of her attackers a man who showed up at the same emergency room where she had been taken.

Angela Nipper, 34, was awaiting treatment at Harbor Hospital Center in South Baltimore when a man walked into the emergency room with his mother and sister.

"I told the security guard, 'That is him, that is him,' but he turned around and tried to run back," Nipper said yesterday in a telephone interview. The Sun usually does not identify victims of sexual assault, but Nipper approved the use of her name.

Security guards stopped the man and held him for police. Nipper said the man sexually assaulted her and knocked out some of her teeth.

Anne Arundel County police charged RaeQwon Fletcher, 20, of the 400 block of Starwood Drive in Glen Burnie, with robbery, attempted rape, a sex offense and assault. He is being held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center without bail.

Police are looking for a second suspect in the attack.

Nipper was walking home on Patapsco Avenue from her job as a waitress at The Stockmarket, a tavern in the 3500 block of S. Hanover St. in Baltimore, at about 2 a.m. Sunday when two men pulled up in a gray Saturn. One jumped out, grabbed her behind the neck and pulled her into the car, police said.

"They threw me into the back seat of the car. I thought they were going to kill me," she said.

They drove to a parking lot in the 4700 block of Belle Grove Road in Pumphrey, where one of the men pulled her from the car and slammed her against a van, police said. While she struggled with him, the other man sexually assaulted her and punched her repeatedly in the face, Nipper said. He injured his hand and knocked out three of her teeth. As she lay bleeding on the ground, her attackers sped off with her purse, she said.

Nipper ran to Bingo World two blocks away and screamed for someone to call police.

She was taken by police to Harbor Hospital Center, where she saw Fletcher, who had come to the hospital for treatment of an injured hand, police said.

While he was being treated, police said Fletcher told a nurse, who asked how he had hurt himself, that he "was working on my car, but they say I busted some lady in the mouth." At that time, Fletcher had been told only that he was a robbery suspect, not that he was accused of assault, police said.

Fletcher later told Officer Robert Burkindine that he didn't know he was strong enough to knock anyone's teeth out, police said.

Nipper said she is fearful that one of her assailants will come back to get her.

"They took my money and they got my ID and address," said Nipper, who had $205 in her wallet.

Pub Date: 11/03/98

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