Man accused of raping, abducting ex-girlfriend

Police say he was injured falling off speeding Jeep as she escaped in Pa.

May 29, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man with a history of domestic violence is accused of kidnapping and repeatedly raping his ex-girlfriend before he suffered serious injuries falling off a speeding Jeep Cherokee as she escaped along a south-central Pennsylvania road.

Charges had not been filed against the ex-boyfriend, Sean Pettaway, 30, of the 2300 block of Pentland Ave. in Northeast Baltimore, police said. He was in serious condition yesterday afternoon at York Hospital.

The woman was being interviewed by police, authorities said. She could not be reached for comment. The Sun does not identify victims of sexual assault.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Thursday's editions incorrectly reported the outcome of a 1999 criminal case against Sean Pettaway, 30. A jury found Pettaway guilty of assault.
The Sun regrets the errors.

About four years ago, Pettaway pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman, and he is accused of breaking into her apartment and assaulting her again this month.

Police said the 13 1/2 -hour abduction began about 3 p.m. Tuesday when the woman was kidnapped at knifepoint by a man outside a South Baltimore elementary school where she works as a teacher. The man drove the woman in her Jeep Cherokee to an unknown location in Baltimore, where he bound her arms and legs, police said.

He then drove to a wooded area in northern Adams County, Pa., about 70 miles north of city, where he raped her, police said. The man returned with her to Baltimore and raped her a second time, police said, before driving back to the same wooded area in Adams County and sexually assaulting the woman again.

After removing the bindings from the woman's arms, the man asked her to drive them back to Baltimore, police said. About 4:30 a.m., as the man got out of the car for an undisclosed reason, the woman slipped into the driver's seat, gunned the engine and began to race off, police said.

The man jumped onto the Jeep and clutched its roof rack as the woman sped away. After hanging on for about a mile, he fell off and suffered extensive injuries, police said.

The woman called local police from her cellular phone to report the assault, police said.

The woman had been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend in the past, court records show.

In 1999, Pettaway was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to assault after being charged with raping the woman.

But that assault did not end the relationship for the couple, who have a 6-year-old son. In court papers filed May 20, the woman alleged that Pettaway broke into her Northeast Baltimore apartment two days earlier.

She alleges in the court papers, charging Pettaway with burglary and assault, that he hit her when she refused to speak to him. According to the court document, the woman said they had "stopped seeing each other" about two weeks before May 18.

She obtained a protective order against Pettaway, which was served when he was arrested on the burglary charges Friday. He was released on bail.

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