Laurel man, 21, charged in attempt to rape, murder A...


February 22, 2002|By Reported by Sun staff writer Laura Barnhardt.

Laurel man, 21, charged in attempt to rape, murder

A 21-year-old Laurel man was being held without bail yesterday on charges that he attempted to rape and murder a woman in Eastport, authorities said.

Herberto R. Paredes of the 1400 block of Bowie Road was arrested and charged shortly after the attack at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Annapolis police.

The woman had just driven into a parking lot of an apartment complex in the 800 block of Monroe St. when a man got into her van and pointed a handgun at her head, police said.

After ordering the 49-year-old Stevensville woman to remove her clothing, the man pulled the trigger of the gun twice, but it did not fire, said Officer Hal Dalton, a police spokesman.

The woman escaped and yelled for help, Dalton said. Neighbors called police, who searched the area.

As police were questioning one man, another man emerged from behind bushes and asked police what they were doing by his car. The woman immediately identified that man as her attacker, Dalton said.

Police said the suspect had the woman's keys when arrested. Officers did not recover the gun.

Paredes was charged with attempted murder, attempted rape, assault and weapons violations, police said. He was being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in Annapolis.

Glen Burnie man, 35, charged in break-in attack

A 35-year-old Glen Burnie man was arrested and charged yesterday in a Feb. 16 home invasion and attack of a 85-year-old woman, Anne Arundel County police said. Bryan Denard Brown was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and theft by county detectives who had been conducting surveillance of the Glen Burnie area he was known to frequent, police said.

The apartment of an 85-year-old Glen Burnie woman was broken into Feb. 16, police said, and the woman resisted the intruder's attempt to sexually assault her.

Brown is also accused of taking money from the woman.

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