Man arrested in rape after photo is shown

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

January 20, 2007

A man who had been sought in the rape of a woman this month in the Woodlawn area has been arrested, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Reginald J. Wilson, 29, of the 2400 block of Molton Way in the county is charged with first-degree rape and a first-degree sex offense in the Jan. 11 attack, police said.

Police said they were able to identify and locate the suspect after someone who recognized the person in a surveillance photo shown on television newscasts gave investigators information on how to find the man.

The attack took place about 1:45 a.m., said police. The victim, a 29-year-old prostitute, met a man near Bloomingdale Road and Rosedale Street in the Rosemont area of Baltimore, and they drove to a service station in the 6700 block of Dogwood Road, according to police.

The man entered the station, where he was caught on the surveillance tape, then returned to the car and drove to the 5300 block of Dogwood Road, where he pointed a gun at the woman, threatened to kill her, forced her to perform a sex act and raped her, police said.

Wilson was arrested without incident Thursday night at his home, police said. Bail was denied by a court commissioner yesterday, and Wilson was taken to the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Free seminars

Businesses offered emergency advice

Baltimore County government has scheduled free seminars for businesses on preparing for emergencies.

The seminars, which will be held by the county Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in conjunction with the Community College of Baltimore County, are designed to help businesses in the county plan to maintain operations during a disaster or other emergency.

The seminars are scheduled for: Wednesday at CCBC Hunt Valley Center, 11101 McCormick Road, Room 120; Feb. 6 at CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road, Theater Lounge (Q Building); and March 14 at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Blvd., Recital Hall (E Building).

Each seminar is to begin with registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 8 a.m.

A question-and-answer panel discussion will end the program.

Participants are asked to register in advance by e-mailing at businesscontinuity@ccbcmd.edu or by calling 410-285-9833. The seminars are open to all Baltimore County businesses.

County Court plea

Man admits lawsuit scheme

A 45-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday in connection with a scheme to collect money in lawsuits when the people being sued were never notified, according to the attorney general's office.

Kevin Patrick Fitzgerald of the 1100 block of W. Lake Ave. entered guilty pleas in Baltimore County Circuit Court to conspiracy, perjury, subornation of perjury and obstruction of justice, according to the attorney general's office.

The scheme revolved around Patrick Investigations Inc., a debt collection agency owned and operated by Fitzgerald. Between 1997 and 2002 Fitzgerald and his employees created and filed hundreds of affidavits that falsely claimed that the company had delivered notice of lawsuits filed against customers who owed money to a national musical instrument company with headquarters in Frederick, according to the charging documents.

When the customers failed to show up in court for their scheduled trial dates, Fitzgerald obtained default judgments against them, according to the charging documents. Christine Hansen, a spokeswoman with the attorney general's office, said she did not know how much money Fitzgerald had collected through the judgments.

Fitzgerald is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

Jennifer McMenamin

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