Sexual assault suspect is arrested

Man, 44, charged in rape, other attack in Charles Village also accused of armed robbery

May 11, 2008|By Nick Madigan | Nick Madigan,Sun reporter

A 44-year-old man suspected of raping a Charles Village woman at gunpoint and sexually assaulting another was arrested yesterday by Baltimore police.

Marlow Humbert, who is also suspected in other rapes, had been the subject of an intensive manhunt since being identified Friday as a suspect in the Charles Village attacks. Police described Humbert as armed and dangerous on a "wanted" poster that showed a photo of him taken after a previous arrest.

Humbert offered no resistance when arrested by a patrol officer before dawn yesterday, said a police spokesman, Officer Donny Moses.

Humbert, of the 2800 block of Brighton St. in West Baltimore, was charged with 11 counts, including first-degree rape, first-degree assault, armed robbery and using a handgun while committing a violent crime.

Humbert was taken to Central Booking for processing and is to appear at a bail review hearing tomorrow, said Margaret Burns, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office. She said prosecutors would recommend that no bail be set.

Charging documents say that on April 29, a 27-year-old woman, who had been shopping for groceries, was followed into her home on St. Paul Street by a man whom she had seen standing on a nearby porch. He pulled on black gloves and a white mask, and produced "a black handgun from his front hip area and placed it to her head," says the charging document, written by a detective, Caprice Smith. The woman dropped her groceries and the man demanded money, Smith wrote.

He then pushed the woman face-down on a couch and raped her, the document says.

After taking her cell phone, "he then told her to go down into the basement and to not report this incident to the police or he would kill her," Smith wrote.

After being treated at Mercy Medical Center, the woman helped a sketch artist draw up a likeness of her attacker. On May 8, police said, she was shown photographs of several men, one of them Humbert, whom she then identified as the one who had assaulted her.

There was a similar attack in Charles Village on March 5, police said. It occurred about 9 p.m., when a man with a knife approached a woman as she was about to enter her apartment. Police said the man threw her down in a hallway and tried to rape her. She screamed for help, and the man ran off when the victim's roommate appeared.

The attacks frightened residents of the neighborhood near the Johns Hopkins University campus, an area whose quality of life has improved in recent years with the construction of new apartment buildings and the arrival of new businesses, including a Barnes & Noble bookstore, restaurants and clothing stores.

Humbert was convicted of possessing marijuana in 2003 and sentenced to six months in jail, according to court records. He was charged with three counts of burglary last year, but the charges were later dropped.

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