Fingerprints lead to arrest of city man in 1983 rape

April 17, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A Northeast Baltimore man has been arrested and charged with raping an 18-year-old woman - a crime reported nearly two decades ago.

Police said analysis of fingerprints taken from the crime scene led to the arrest.

The victim, whose identity police declined to disclose, was sleeping early on an October morning in 1983 when a man broke into her North Baltimore apartment and raped her, police said.

Two fingerprints found in the house were stored with other evidence because detectives had no suspects and there was no state or national fingerprint database at the time, police said.

Last month, the victim called police and asked that the case be reopened. The fingerprints from 1983 were entered into a state database that contains prints from about 1.6 million people and 90,000 crime scenes.

On April 11, police said, fingerprint examiners matched the prints to Alphonso W. Hill Jr. of the 6600 block of Pioneer Drive.

Hill, 50, was interrogated by detectives yesterday and admitted to breaking into the house and raping the woman, police said in charging documents filed in District Court.

Although the woman told police at the time that two men - one of them with a gun - had assaulted her, Hill told detectives that he was the only person who attacked the woman, police said.

Hill was charged with burglary and rape, and was being held yesterday at Central Booking and Intake Center pending a hearing before a court commissioner.

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