Sex offender is charged in strangling of woman

Suspect did work for company where body was found in safe


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August 20, 2005|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF

City police have charged a registered child sex offender with strangling a 36-year-old woman whose body was discovered last week in a large safe at a South Baltimore company.

Oswald V. Voigt, 48, of Halethorpe was charged with murder and assault in the death of Robin Hoey, a Southwest Baltimore resident. He also faces attempted murder charges in Anne Arundel County, after he was accused last week of threatening his sister in her Glen Burnie home.

Police were called to Safes & Security Systems Inc. on Aug. 9 after the owner saw blood on the floor and noticed a foul odor. Authorities discovered Hoey's body wrapped in a blanket inside a closed safe.

City homicide detectives said in court papers that Hoey had been missing since about Aug. 5. Early the next day, according to charging documents filed in Anne Arundel County, the man showed up at his sister's home. After some conversation, the court documents state, he allegedly pulled a knife on her, held it to her throat and made stabbing motions while she screamed on the floor.

He then let her go, apologized and, the documents say, told her: "Next time you see me will probably be at my funeral, because I should just take my life because I took someone else's life."

The documents say he then ordered his sister to drive him a short distance away and drop him off.

Voigt was arrested Aug. 7 on a warrant charging him with threatening his sister.

After the discovery of Hoey's body two days later, city homicide detectives interviewed numerous witnesses and determined that Voigt did "odd jobs" at the South Baltimore company where she was found and that he had keys to the building.

The company's owner told police that Voigt was scheduled to perform some tasks at the building on Aug. 5 -- the day before he showed up at his sister's house, city police charging documents state. It was not clear from the charging documents how Hoey and Voigt knew each other or how she ended up in the building.

City homicide detectives interviewed the suspect Thursday. Court documents say he told police that he strangled Hoey with an extension cord. Voigt was being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center in Baltimore. A defense lawyer had not been noted in the record.

Voigt had been convicted of child sex abuse in 1990 and had maintained his current address with the state's sex offender registry, according to a review of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services' Internet site.

Linda Dunkle, Hoey's mother, said she did not know how her daughter met the suspect.

Sun staff writer Annie Linskey contributed to this article.

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