Two men sought in rape, abduction of 17-year-old

Incident started in garage at hospital in Towson

April 25, 2002|By Richard Irwin and Maria Blackburn | Richard Irwin and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

Two men suspected of raping a Reisterstown teen-ager on the Towson University campus after abducting her from the parking garage at nearby St. Joseph Medical Center were being sought yesterday by Baltimore County police.

The 17-year-old victim, thought to be a hospital volunteer and high school student, told police she was returning to her car about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the garage in the 7600 block of Osler Drive when two men in a dark-colored pickup truck pulled up behind her and dragged her into their vehicle.

Police Sgt. Charles Hamilton of the Towson Precinct said a review of tapes from the hospital's security camera showed that about the time of the abduction in the multifloor garage, a dark-colored truck that appeared to be the one used in the incident left the garage.

Hamilton declined to say whether the camera caught the vehicle's license number, but he said the occupants were white men in their 30s, one with blond hair and the other brown hair.

The girl said the men drove her across nearby Osler Drive to the Towson University campus, threw her to the ground in a secluded area near Auburn House, a building that houses athletic offices and several university programs, then raped and kicked her, police said.

The victim told police she passed out, awoke about 10:20 p.m. and crawled back to Osler Drive, where a passing motorist saw her and called police.

She was taken to the rape crisis center at nearby Greater Baltimore Medical Center and released after treatment for injuries that included cuts and bruises, Hamilton said.

The attack occurred a day after a Baltimore County judge sentenced a Baltimore man to life in prison for raping a Towson University student last year.

Anthony J. Miller, 30, of the 300 block of E. Belvedere Ave. in Govans was convicted of first-degree rape this month. Prosecutors said he followed his victim across campus, grabbed her from behind and threatened to inject her with what he said was an HIV-contaminated needle before raping her in the bushes.

Anyone with information about Tuesday's attack is urged to call the Towson Precinct at 410-887-2361.

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