Police seek man after rape of woman, 90

Baltimore County Digest

April 01, 2006

Police asked yesterday for the public's help in identifying a man wanted in the rape of a 90-year-old woman in Cockeysville.

A man knocked on the door of the woman's home in the 10500 block of Howard Ave. between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, police said. When she answered, the man asked her for a light for his cigarette, and then forced his way into her home and raped her on her bed, police said.

The man robbed the woman of her purse and an undisclosed amount of cash. The woman was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center and was later released, police said.

"This is an elderly woman who was probably a trusting soul who was trying to help someone out, and she was taken advantage of," said Michael Hill, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department. "This isn't an area plagued with problems. This is extremely unusual."

The suspect is described as a black male in his mid-30s, about 6 feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds. He has a medium build and is clean-shaven, with short dark hair, police said. He was wearing a red hooded sweat-shirt over a T-shirt with a number in the front center of it, dark pants and shoes, police said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.

Nick Shields

Woodlawn

Teenage girl sought in shooting

Police were searching for a 16-year-old girl who is wanted on attempted murder and attempted robbery charges.

A 26-year-old man was seriously injured after being shot multiple times during an attempted robbery about 7:45 p.m. in the first block of Eastbend Court in the Woodlawn area, police said.

The suspect, Tanya Harris of the 5900 block of Hilltop Ave., and the man knew each other, police said.

Harris, who is charged as an adult, is described as a black female, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 115 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She is known as "Reds," and has tattoos of a "T" on her lower back and an Asian symbol on her neck, police said.

Anyone with information about Harris is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.

Nick Shields

Anti-smoking

Event geared toward black women

Community activist and motivational speaker Brenda Bell Caffee will present her anti-smoking program "Not in Mama's Kitchen" after a luncheon at noon today at Epworth United Methodist Chapel, 3317 St. Luke's Lane in Woodlawn.

"Not in Mama's Kitchen" was created to draw attention to the health effects of tobacco use on people of African descent, according to an announcement from the county Health Department. The program is designed to help African-American women to keep their homes smoke-free.

Education

Advisory board to meet Wednesday

The Southwest Area Educational Advisory Council is holding a general membership meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bridge Center, 1740 Twin Springs Road.

The council works to strengthen the relationship between schools and communities by serving as an advisory panel to the county school board. There will be a tour of the Bridge Center, which works to prepare teens at risk of academic failure for enrollment in a school, from 7 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. before the meeting.

Events or news items for the Baltimore County Digest may be submitted to baltco.news@baltsun.com. Information should be sent at least 10 days in advance of the event.

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