Dundalk man, 18, charged in rapes of two city women

CRIME WATCH

October 19, 2007|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,Sun reporter

An 18-year-old Dundalk man was charged yesterday in connection with the rapes of two Baltimore women, authorities said.

Detectives from the city Police Department's Sex Offense Unit obtained a warrant Wednesday for Dwayne Price of the 600 block of Main St., said police spokesman Sterling Clifford. They found him in custody of Baltimore County police, who had arrested him Sept. 11 in a burglary case, the spokesman said.

Investigators used DNA evidence to link Price to the Aug. 1 rape of an 88-year-old cancer patient, who was also robbed of $6 at her home in the 1300 block of Bethlehem Ave. in Southeast Baltimore.

According to news reports, the woman's assailant had posed as a maintenance man, arriving about 9:30 a.m. to fix wiring on her house.

Clifford said the woman had opened the door to answer a question for the man. As she returned inside, he forced his way in. The man fled after raping her and stealing the money, according to news reports.

DNA evidence also linked Price to a rape of a 73-year-old woman in South Baltimore on Sept. 12, 2005, Clifford said. In that case, the assailant entered the woman's home through a window, the spokesman said.

Price's DNA was on file as a condition for probation for offenses committed as a juvenile, police said. He is awaiting trial on burglary charges in Baltimore County.

liz.kay@baltsun.com

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