Two neighbors rescue beaten woman from burning East Baltimore house

October 12, 2003|By Stephanie Hanes | Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF

Neighbors rescued an East Baltimore woman last night after she was beaten and bound in her Jefferson Street home and apparently left to die as her attacker set fire to the house and fled, police said.

Last night, police took into custody a former boyfriend of the woman's cousin. Police declined to identify the man, who was being interviewed by investigators at the Southeastern District.

Romaine Vance, 32, was saved by two men in their late teens or early 20s, who looked in the window of the burning home in the 2800 block of Jefferson St. and saw Vance struggling to free herself from rope that bound her, said police spokesman Agent Donny Moses. The men broke a window, untied Vance and pulled her to safety, Moses said.

Vance was conscious when officers and rescue workers arrived, Moses said. She told officers that her cousin's ex-boyfriend had attacked her, before she was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she was treated for smoke inhalation and listed in good condition.

Moses said officers found the man in a home in the 3300 block of Noble St. The police spokesman said witnesses told investigators that there was a history of domestic violence between the man and Vance's cousin.

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