Man indicted in woman's abduction

October 23, 2005|By JUSTIN FENTON | JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER

A Havre de Grace man was indicted by a grand jury last week on charges stemming from an incident last month in which a prostitute said she was abducted and held against her will by a man impersonating a police officer who threatened to kill her by lethal injection.

Ralph Alexander Cox, 54, is accused of kidnapping, false imprisonment, second-degree assault and impersonating a police officer in the incident.

On Sept. 27, a Havre de Grace police officer responded to a disturbance call and found Cox pulling a woman out of a taxicab.

The woman, Ricki Lynle Cregar, said she was a prostitute and had been picked up by Cox two nights earlier. She spent the night at his home and was provided crack cocaine, court documents allege.

Cregar left the next morning and told Cox she would be back but did not return. That night, Cregar said she was abducted by Cox and his niece near the Aberdeen Exxon station on Pulaski Highway and taken to Cox's home in the 300 block of Heather Way in Havre de Grace, records show.

From there, Cox allegedly told Cregar he was a police officer - displaying a silver badge - handcuffed her and read her her rights, records show. He is accused of then telling her he was going to kill her with a "hot shot," or a lethal injection of opiates.

Cregar told police that Cox's niece, Colleen Ayres, and another man, Samuel Clark, called a taxicab after listening to her cry all morning and told her to run when it arrived.

At 6:15 a.m. Sept. 27, police found Cregar with her arms wrapped around the waist of a cab driver as Cox pulled on her legs. Ayres and Clark were in the back seat.

According to the police report, Ayres disputes that Cregar was forced into the car at the gas station, but gave a similar account of Cox's behavior at the house. She told police that when she entered the room to see what was going on, Cox told her to get out.

Police recovered items from Cox's home, including a Harford Community College security badge, a silver London Metropolitan Police hat piece, bags of what is suspected to be marijuana, two pairs of handcuffs, a .22 caliber air pistol and a badge.

Cregar, of the 100 block of N. Philadelphia Road in Aberdeen, was arrested for prostitution in January. A jury trial in that case is set to begin Nov. 30.

Cox faces more than 40 years in prison for the charges, including 30 years for kidnapping, and $4,000 in fines.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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