Girl, 8, sexually assaulted, stabbed in her home

Police dispatch describes suspect in attack in Pimlico rowhouse

April 22, 2002|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

An 8-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and stabbed in the neck yesterday morning in her Pimlico home, and police broadcast a citywide alert for a suspect in the attack.

The girl was in critical but stable condition last night at Sinai Hospital, police said.

Her father found her injured in a room about 9:15 a.m., when he returned after driving his girlfriend, who lives with them in the two-story rowhouse, to work.

Police said the girl was bleeding from multiple stab wounds to the neck, and that her father immediately summoned police and an ambulance. She underwent emergency surgery at Sinai, where an examination revealed that she had been sexually assaulted, police said.

Reached at his office yesterday evening, Detective Peter Baker of the Police Department's child abuse squad said, "Things are moving very fast in this case," but said he could not divulge information about the investigation. He said no arrest had been made and declined to say whether a suspect was being sought.

But police issued an alert in a radio broadcast to officers that described a suspect known as "Red Man," said to be black, 20 to 25 years old, with several gold teeth, large eyes and wearing his hair in cornrows. Police said he was last seen wearing a black sweat shirt with red stripes on the sleeves and that he is known to frequent the Edmondson Avenue area of West Baltimore.

Officer Sheri Albrecht, a police spokeswoman, said investigators were trying to learn whether the girl's attacker forced his way into the house in the 3300 block of W. Belvedere Ave. or was allowed in by the victim.

"She's in no condition to give our investigators very much information about the man," Albrecht said of the girl last night.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the attack is asked to call Baker at 410-396- 2042.

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