Pregnant woman is beaten, raped

Victim, 40, is abducted at Pikesville parking lot, taken to Cockeysville

May 17, 2002|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

A Pikesville woman who is seven months pregnant was abducted, raped, robbed and beaten Wednesday night as she walked to a grocery store near her home, Baltimore County police said.

Police said a man approached the 40-year-old woman about 10:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Greenspring Shopping Center in the 2800 block of Smith Ave.

The man beat the woman with an unidentified weapon, forced her into a car and drove her to the 100 block of Lakefront Drive in Cockeysville, where he raped her and took an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The woman, whose identity is being withheld, is being treated for severe head trauma at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman. Doctors are working to save the unborn baby.

"We can't tell exactly what the motive was, given we had a beating, a rape and a robbery," Warehime said.

The shopping center is near Pikesville High School in a neighborhood that experiences little crime.

"I am basically sick to my stomach about this," said Sherman Elliot, an elderly woman who has lived in the 2800 block of Smith Ave. for 25 years. "It never used to be this way."

Police said few violent incidents have been reported in the area during the past year.

Warehime said the woman was walking to an automated teller machine and the Metro Food Market when she was attacked.

The woman lost consciousness after the beating - which knocked out some of her teeth - and did not awaken until she was in Cockeysville.

There, she was dragged out of the vehicle, described as a white four-door car, and raped. The man then drove off, and the woman walked to a nearby business to ask for help.

Warehime said detectives have few clues. Security cameras monitor the shopping center's parking lot, and police retrieved tapes from the cameras yesterday, a Metro Food Market employee said.

Elliot Lewis, president of the Smith-Greenspring Association, said crime is rare in the neighborhood but that most people outside after dark walk in pairs or with dogs.

Warehime said that before Wednesday's attack, five assaults and four robberies had been reported during the past year in a roughly one-square-mile area surrounding the shopping center. Police increased patrols in that area yesterday.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

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