Man, 25, charged in sexual assault

Arrested in New York, suspect is extradited

June 21, 2002|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

After some jurisdictional confusion, a Baltimore County man was arrested in New York late Wednesday on charges he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in Howard County.

Howard police believe Neemias Humberto Duarte, 25, is the man who coerced the Columbia girl into his Mazda in Baltimore County on June 8, drove her to the 8400 block of Old Frederick Road in Ellicott City and sexually assaulted her.

He was charged yesterday with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses and second-degree assault, according to a Howard County court commissioner. Conviction on the most serious charge could bring him a life sentence.

Police said they were able to identify Duarte as a suspect through a partial license plate number.

The girl's name is being withheld because of her age and the nature of the crime.

She said she followed the man's orders to get into the four-door Mazda because she was afraid, said Howard County spokeswoman Pfc. Lisa Myers.

The girl was assaulted between 11:30 p.m. June 7 and 2:30 a.m., Myers said.

The girl first reported the crime to Baltimore County police later the same day because she originally believed that is where she had been assaulted, Myers said.

Myers said Howard County police immediately became involved in the case.

Baltimore County police obtained an arrest warrant June 11 for Duarte, who lives in the 7100 block of Rolling Bend Road, near Security Square Mall, according to court records.

Duarte was arrested by Baltimore County police on June 14 and charged with first-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, second-degree assault and two counts of kidnapping, court records show.

He was later released.

Meanwhile, Howard police had determined that the assault occurred in Howard County, Myers said. So a Howard County arrest warrant for Duarte was issued June 12, according to a Howard County court commissioner.

Police in Westchester County, N.Y., arrested him late Wednesday, and Howard authorities extradited him to face charges in Howard County, Myers said.

The Baltimore County charges were dismissed because the assault took place in Howard, according to a Baltimore County prosecutor.

Duarte was being held in Howard County pending a bail-review hearing this morning.

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