3 Men Arrested In Separate Gang-rape Cases

August 26, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

City police have arrested three men and charged them with gang-raping three women in separate incidents that took place in the parking lot of Seton Keough High School in Southwest Baltimore, records show.

The attacks occurred two weeks apart and shared similar characteristics, and detectives determined the suspects' identities after the most recent victim was able to remember the tag number on the vehicle of one of the suspects. Police did not announce the incidents or the arrests.

Charged in the crimes are Anthony Oisediamen Edoror Jr., 19, and Opeyemi Adigun, 20, both of Gwynn Oak; and Adeamoloa Adeniran, 20, of Halethorpe.

Police responded at 6:45 a.m. July 27 to Mercy Medical Center, where two girls said they had been raped by three unknown males, according to charging documents. The girls said they were walking on Fayette Street downtown when they were approached by two men. After a conversation, the men agreed to give them a ride.

But the ride quickly turned frightening, according to court records. The driver got onto Interstate 95 South, and when one of the girls told the driver he was going the wrong way and asked to be let out, the man in the passenger seat told her to be quiet. He brandished a hunting-style knife and threatened to "stab her up," records show.

The men drove them to the 1200 block of S. Caton Ave. and parked in the rear of Seton Keough, a private, all-girls Catholic school, where a second car pulled up. One of the girls tried to run away and was caught by the hair and thrown to the ground. The men then took turns raping them over the course of about an hour, according to charging documents.

Afterward, the men took one girl's shorts and both girls' purses, shoes and cell phones, and left. The victims were able to flag down a driver, who called police.

During the course of the investigation, police received another report of a rape Aug. 8 that shared the same characteristics of the first incident.

The victim in that case, a 26-year-old woman, said she was leaving The Block and asked for a ride home from two men she had spoken with earlier. She was picked up at North Calvert and East Fayette streets and said the men spoke in an African dialect to each other as they drove her to Southwest Baltimore, according to charging documents.

She said she was taken to an area behind the high school, where she was dragged onto a field and raped, court records show. She collected two of the men's condoms and took down a tag number, which police traced to Edoror. The police report indicates that at least part of the incident was captured on the school's surveillance cameras.

Edoror, who was working at a Home Depot in Baltimore County when he was taken into custody, gave a full confession and identified his accomplices as Adigun and Adeniran, according to charging documents. He said that in the Aug. 8 incident, the men were looking for a prostitute to have sex with without paying and that the victim willingly went with them to have sex for money. But he also acknowledged that they raped her after refusing to pay her.

After the suspects' identities were established, the women picked all three men out of photo arrays, court records show.

The suspects were arrested Aug. 13 and have been ordered held without bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 15.

According to electronic court records, only Adeniran has a prior criminal record. He was charged in Howard County with car theft and in Baltimore County with identity theft and fraud. Both charges were thrown out by prosecutors.

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